Alex believes that cities are complex and messy, but dense smart growth with strong alternative transportation infrastructure is the best medicine for climate change and for our unsustainable car dependence. He also believes that good policy balances input from many different perspectives, especially traditionally oppressed low-income communities. Everyone’s perspective is valuable, even though it’s impossible for policy to please everyone all the time.

Alex lives and works in Providence, RI, to which he relocated in June 2014 from Amherst, MA. Upon completing his master’s degree from Tufts University in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Amherst Business Improvement District. Since moving to Providence, Alex has immersed himself in his new city, managing a City Council campaign and organizing the Providence Symposium weekend. He was founding Executive Director for the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition¬†for two years, and now works for the City of Providence in the Department of Planning and Development. He has his fingers in many projects, including numerous websites, folk dance organizing, and local cultural/social groups. He especially enjoys spending time with his wife and cats, and playing tabletop games.