Lillian “Ebonie” Alexander, Executive Director of the Black Family Land Trust, Inc. (BFLT). The BFLT is a niche land trust and one of the nation’s only regional land trust dedicated to the preservation and protection of African-American and other historically underserved landowner’s land assets. Since joining the BFLT in 2009, Ebonie designed and implemented the African American Land Ethic and Wealth Retention and Asset Protection (WRAP) programs. Together these two programs have assisted landowners to retain family ownership and control of more than $12.5 million of their land assets during the past five years.
Prior to joining the BFLT, Ebonie was the President of the North Carolina Community Development Initiative, Inc., a statewide funding intermediary supporting the community based economic development and affordable housing sectors.
A native of Maryland, Ebonie has degrees in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management. She currently resides in Southside Virginia on a former tobacco farm which has been in her family for six generations. Ebonie is a proud Virginian, avid reader and lover of history. She can trace her family’s history in Virginia to 1737. She has one daughter, and is the very proud Gramz to a 15 year old grandson and 5 year old granddaughter.