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Diversity & Inclusion 2022: Sandra M. Moore

Managing Director and Chief Impact Officer, Advantage Capital

Sandra M. MooreMaking an impact isn’t just Sandra Moore’s goal. It’s in her job title.

Starting her career working at Legal Services, the Washington University graduate initially gravitated toward labor law which she said “fit the mission center in me.”

“I enjoyed winning for people who didn’t win a lot,” she explained.

That’s why got into the field in the first place.

“I decided to go to law school because I wanted to work in areas where I could make the world a better place,” she said. “I thought the law was a great place to do that. I found that much of the inequity of life resulted around the law.”

With the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, she would go on to become the first African-American administrative law judge in the St. Louis area and adjudicate more than 500 administrative complaints under anti-discrimination laws.

Later, she’d go to work at the state level as director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

“Until then, I had only seen my pathway through change through the law,” she said. “When I went to work for [Governor] Mel Carnahan, I realized that the pathway for change also includes policy and policy is made at both the legislative and the executive level.”

After her stint in state government, Moore worked with former Senator John Danforth as a senior vice-president for the St. Louis 2004 initiative before becoming president of a national not-for-profit started by developer Richard Baron which afforded a chance to use her undergraduate degree in urban planning.

The past five years has seen Moore move to Advantage Capital where she serves as chief impact officer helping to bring businesses, technology and jobs to underserved communities that have previously lacked resources. She spent a decade and a half on the enterprise’s New Markets Tax Credit Advisory Board.

Moore has taught as an adjunct professor at her alma mater’s school of social work and as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania in a post-graduate seminar on human and social capital development.

Moore is a member of the boards of directors for the Moving to Opportunity Fund, National Trust Community Investment Corporation and the St. Louis Blues Museum. She also serves as a trustee for the Missouri Historical Society and is a member of the Washington University School of Law National Council. She has also been CEO of the Missouri Family Investment Trust.

2022 Diversity & Inclusion Awards