During his 20-year career, Alex has focused primarily on economic development and redevelopment, and he has managed projects that have generated more than 5,000 new jobs and $300 million in new construction to diverse urban areas. His projects have won top awards from the San Francisco Business Times, California Local Economic Development Association, California Downtown Association, Rudy Bruner Foundation, and other organizations. He is active in several public-private partnerships, such as the Silicon Valley EDA; and he also serves on the Planning Commission of Pleasant Hill. Prior to serving in South San Francisco, Alex held similar positions with the cities of Brentwood, Concord, Oakland, and San Diego. In Oakland, he helped manage downtown redevelopment under then-Mayor Jerry Brown and also coordinated the development planning & entitlements for the Oakland Army Base. He also worked briefly for ICF incorporated, Silicon Graphics, and the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.
Alex holds degrees from Duke University and the Goldman School of Public Policy at U.C. Berkeley.