Alex attended Ursinus College with a major in Politics and two minors in Media/Communication and American Studies. After an unfortunate racial incident during his sophomore year, Alex founded a male student discussion group to build a sense of community among black males on campus. Due to the success and progress of the group during college, he brought the initiative to Philadelphia and established a nonprofit under the same name to help young people ages 18-35 turn their passion into their profession through civic engagement.
Since Rising Sons’ establishment in Philadelphia, the organization has provided more than 300 community service projects to 3,500 residents which totaled over $1 million in volunteer hours to the community. In addition to establishing partnerships with Ford Motor Company, Starbucks, Home Depot, Philadelphia 76ers, as well as Jordan and Nike, Rising Sons connected 350 young adults to employment opportunities with 77% furthering their education and 60% gaining critical entrepreneurship skills along the way. As a result of these achievements, Alex was the recipient of the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation’s Black Male Engagement Award and was recognized as a John S. & James L. Knight Foundation’s K880 Champion. Alex also received the Comcast/NBC Universal Leadership Award and was recognized by the NBC 28 under 28 as one of the nation’s most talented innovators and game changers. The Philadelphia Tribune named him one of the 10 Most Influential under 40, and he is the proud recipient of the Mayors’ Distinguished Alumni of National Service Award and the Presidential Leadership Award.
In addition, Alex has served as a Summit Fellow, a Schultz Family Foundation Fellow, New Leaders Council Fellow, a Leadership Philadelphia fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, a Valley Venture Mentors Fellow, and a Social Innovation Lab Fellow. Alex has been featured in the Black Enterprise Magazine, the TvOne television network, and his story was published in a book called R.E.A.C.H which was forwarded by Russell Simmons and features inspiring stories of 40 black men including, Talib Kweli, Isaiah Thomas, Van Jones, and John Legend.