Khalilah Elliott is the Vice President of Institutional Development & Capacity Building (IDCB) for RH Impact. IDCB serves as a bridge between RHI and its external constituents. The IDCB team focuses on advancing the organization by promoting the institution’s mission and advocacy efforts to members of the public, philanthropic community, media, potential clients, and partners as well as securing vital resources and support that ensures the org can operate effectively and fulfill its commitment to Black women and birthing people.
Since 2020, Khalilah has built the organization’s robust communications and fundraising operations from the ground up and along with other members of IDCB has helped to exponentially raise the institution’s profile & public persona, facilitated key strategic partnerships, and vetted funding opportunities to ensure fiscal engagements are always in alignment with RH Impact’s values.
In her role as an executive leader, Khalilah provides oversight and mentorship to colleagues with expertise in fundraising, donor relations, strategic communications, public relations, and business development.
Founder & Chief Disruptor of Gafford Communications (a marketing & social impact communications consulting firm), Khalilah brings considerable leadership experience to RHI including as a former marketing executive and fundraiser for major legacy commercial brands (Apollo Theater, Disney Theatrical Group) and non-profit institutions (Dillard University, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona State University, Atlantic Theater Company). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for YES! Media a nonprofit, independent journalism publication that covers social and environmental issues with a solutions-oriented approach.
Khalilah holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (Communications & Theater Arts) from Dillard University and a Master’s degree in Arts Administration (concentration in marketing/non-profit management) from New York University.