14th Class, 2007-2008
Field Placement: Center for Economic Progress (Chicago, IL)
Alexander provided financial education services to Latino community groups, assisted with the Center’s marketing projects and benefits screening services, and supported Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITIN) outreach activities. He also helped promote asset-building initiatives through the Center’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites and developed training materials for site supervisors and tax preparers.
Hunger Free Community Report:
Expanding the EITC’s Effect outlines the supportive services needed prior to tax season to increase the impact of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). The report presents a case study of the Center for Economic Progress’ pilot program, Chicago Supports Workers, which provides financial assistance, financial education, and tax preparation services.
Policy Placement: Corporation for Enterprise Development (Washington, DC)
As a member of the Self-Employment Tax Initiative (SETI) project, Alexander researched federal, state, and local best practices to help self-employed businesses utilize the tax system to build assets.
Pre-Fellowship Education and Experience:
Alexander is a 2007 graduate of Colgate University where he majored in Japanese and minored in economics. Alexander studied the factors that led to the current political and economic conditions in Zambia and conducted research on local businesses in the Ogasawara Islands in Japan. Originally from Spanish Harlem in New York City, Alexander has worked with low-income teenagers in the Bronx where he facilitated workshops on leadership and community service and organized community-based projects.