Sanders new director
by Ron Gregory
Huntington – A nonprofit organization focused on fostering community and economic development opportunities in Huntington’s Fairfield neighborhood has hired its first executive director.
RaShad Sanders stepped into his new role as executive director of the Fairfield Community Development Corporation (FCDC) in November. He will serve as the organization’s point person for enhancing the physical, economic, health, safety and social aspects of life for Fairfield residents.
Sanders is a Huntington resident and Marshall University graduate who has strong ties to the Fairfield community. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in management from Marshall in 2007. As a student, Sanders was active in Black United Students, worked as a counselor for outstanding black high school students and served as president of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity. Under Sanders’ leadership, the fraternity conducted cleanups in Fairfield and helped with backpack giveaways at the A.D. Lewis Community Center.
After graduation, Sanders worked with underprivileged youth at Prestera Center before returning to Marshall in 2011. He spent nearly a decade as a purchasing agent at the university, supporting business and research initiatives. He later became a contract specialist at Marshall before accepting a position with Special Metals in 2019.
He currently serves as president of Marshall University’s Black Alumni Association and has been involved with Marshall President Jerome Gilbert’s Coalition for Anti-Racism. He is married to his wife, Mona. The couple has five children.