Alex believes it’s time to build a stronger future for Rochester by securing our fair share. For too long, our representatives in Albany have been unwilling to take the bold action necessary to transform our schools, combat the opioid crisis, and strengthen our economy. And the only way to accomplish such a bold agenda is to elect a new generation of leaders like Alex with fresh ideas that are not tainted by special interests in Albany.
Alex was born and raised in Henrietta, NY, where he attended Rush-Henrietta public schools. After graduating, he studied political science and philosophy at George Washington University and spent a year studying at the University of Oxford in England. In 2012, he was selected to serve as a delegate for President Barack Obama to the Democratic National Convention.
After college, Alex worked at the White House as a Policy Advisor to President Obama and his senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett in the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs. He worked with professional sports leagues and athletes to support President Obama’s agenda, and worked on developing and promoting important policy initiatives including gun violence prevention, criminal justice reform, the Affordable Care Act, and the It’s On Us campaign to prevent sexual assault on college campuses.
Alex’s decision to return home and serve the community that gave him so much was an easy one. Alex is currently the Chief of Staff for the City of Rochester, where he helps oversee an organization of more than 3,000 employees. He assists the Mayor in some of her top priorities, including anti-poverty efforts, ROC the Riverway, and the city’s Sanctuary City status, and manages intergovernmental relations with federal, state, and local governments.
Alex wants to bring the mission and values of the Obama Administration to Rochester and Albany. He knows how fortunate he is to have received a first-rate education at Rush-Henrietta while kids only a few miles down the road are deprived of equal opportunities for success. He’s seen friends succumb to the opioid crisis due to lack of support. And he’s seen small businesses and workers struggle to survive in an economy that has been ravaged by automation, attacks on organized labor, and low wages.
But he’s also seen the pockets of hope in the Rochester City School District, like School 17. He’s seen the community rally around gun violence and the opioid crisis–organizing their fellow citizens to save lives. And he’s seen both in City Hall and the White House how government can be smart, effective, and compassionate at the same time.
It’s no secret that Albany is broken and not working for Rochester. It’s also no secret that no one person can fix it. But by electing a new generation of leaders with fresh ideas, we can start to build a stronger future for Rochester.