Southern Nevada’s premier champion of arts and education, The Rogers Foundation, has promoted Michelle Sanders to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the charitable foundation.
With an ongoing mission to transform the lives of children and young adults through the arts and education, Sanders has been pivotal in the awarding of more than $89 million dollars to students and to programs that support them.
Previously, Sanders was Director of Finance and Administration. As the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Sanders oversees all operational and administrative functions of the foundation.
Additionally, she directs and manages programs including the awarding and distribution of annual college scholarships and grants. Together with the executive leadership team of Chief Executive Officer Rory Reid and Chairman of the Board Beverly Rogers, Sanders is an integral part of the foundation that was established in 2013 as a single channel through which charitable efforts are made to honor the legacy of Jim Rogers.
“Michelle’s efforts have been an indispensable part of all the good things that we’ve done over the years,” said Reid. “We, and all those we serve, greatly benefit from her persistence, judgement, and grace.”
A 30-year resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, Sanders originally hails from Richmond, Virginia, where she began her education at Virginia Commonwealth University and later completed a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Organizational Leadership from Arizona State University. She previously worked for Intermountain West Communications Company, serving for over twenty years as General Manager for the Talk Radio station and as Accounts Payable Manager.
During her tenure with IWCC, she worked within the non-profit community handling many of the philanthropic endeavors for the Rogers family. Sanders has a strong sense of pride and commitment to the Las Vegas community and applies these qualities daily. The Rogers Foundation is one of the largest privately funded charitable foundations in the State of Nevada and was honored with Vegas Inc’s Angel Award as Foundation of the Year in 2019.
Among the many charitable activities undertaken by The Rogers Foundation are; funding scholarships to high school seniors in Southern Nevada to attend the college or university of their choice nationwide, funding full ride scholarships, including tuition and board to high school seniors or first-year college transfer students to Kentucky Wesleyan College, providing grants to public K-12 schools of Clark County, providing funding for statewide educational reform efforts focused on educational equity through Educate Nevada Now, supporting non-profit Core, the in-school/after-school model that serves under-resourced students from middle school to graduation through mentoring, project-based learning, tutoring, and character building and in tandem with The Smith Center, sponsoring the annual Heart of Education Awards, a ceremony to honor the work of Clark County K-12 public school teachers.