Cate Hanford, Program Coordinator

Director of Civic Engagement
Tel: (314) 657-4026
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Yoli Alovor, Ph.D.

Yoli joined the FOCUS St. Louis team in August 2023 as the Director of Civic Engagement. In this role, Yoli manages all aspects of community and civic engagement for the organization, oversees alumni programming and serves as Director for the Emerging Leaders program.

Prior to joining FOCUS, she held positions with the St. Louis Symphony, University of Missouri-St. Louis, Rosemont College, Centene Corporation, the U.S. Department of Labor, and BFL Incorporated. Her academic journey includes a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where she specialized in creating initiatives and interventions aimed at enhancing educational outcomes for diverse populations. She also holds an M.A. in Education from Wayne State University and a B.A. in Political Science from Texas Southern University. She also recently completed post-doctoral training from UC Berkeley’s Intercultural Leadership Program: Global DEI Practitioner Institute.

Dr. Alovor serves on the boards of Girls Inc. St. Louis, Guardian Angel Settlement Association and is an Advisory Board member for the Late Effects Clinic at Washington University School of Medicine and St. Louis Children’s Hospital’s Brain Education and Therapy program.

Yoli has a passion for maintaining a healthy lifestyle through fitness. Alongside her dedication to physical well-being, she loves exploring new destinations and immersing herself in a wide range of topics.