Sandra M. Moore will be the new Chair of Missouri Historical Society (MHS) Board of Trustees. Moore currently serves as the Vice Chair of the MHS Board of Trustees and has been a member of the board since 2005. During her time as an MHS board member Moore has served on numerous committees including the Presidential Search Committee, the Governance and Nominating Committee, the Human Resources Committee, the Campaign Steering Committee and was the 2021 co-chair of the Missouri Historical Society’s Thomas Jefferson Society.
“Sandy is the right leader at the right time for the Missouri Historical Society.” said Dr. Jody Sowell, President and CEO of MHS. “In the years ahead, we will be rolling out a series of projects that bring St. Louis history to life in new ways and sharing more of our collection than we ever have before. Sandy’s knowledge, skill and passion make her the perfect person to lead the board during this time.”
Moore is managing director and chief impact officer at Advantage Capital, a growth equity firm founded in 1992 with over $3.8 billion assets under management. The firm focuses on high growth and high wage business investing in communities where access to investment capital has historically been hard to find. Moore is a member of the Advantage Capital investment committee and a direct advisor to the diligence and structuring teams.
Moore is also a member of the Advantage Capital fundraising team, which has brought in $225 million in capital during her four–year tenure. She has built the Advantage Capital Impact team, which creates data-driven initiatives to track and expedite portfolio growth, leads the communications and branding team, and serves as the external-facing representative for Advantage Capital.
Prior to joining Advantage Capital, Moore was the president of Urban Strategies, a national nonprofit corporation that works exclusively with for-profit housing developers to rebuild distressed urban core communities using mix-finance, multi-family housing as the revitalization platform.
Moore formerly served as the CEO of the Missouri Family Investment Trust, a public-private partnership entity leading Missouri’s multi-system reform efforts. Prior to joining the Family Investment Trust, Moore was senior vice president of St. Louis 2004, Inc., a region-wide effort, led by business, civic and political leaders, to transform the St. Louis regional economy and gear it for exponential growth in the 21st century.
She is the former director of the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations (DOLIR), where she served as a member of then Governor Mel Carnahan’s cabinet, and a former administrative judge with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Moore is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. She received her J.D. from the School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Moore is committed to the growth, development and empowerment of people and the communities where they live. In addition to the Missouri Historical Society, she serves on several other local and national boards and committees that work to strengthen the fiber of community, and she is a sought-after speaker and thought leader on these issues.
Moore is the first African American board chair of the Missouri Historical Society.