Alex Cortez

Managing Partner, Reimagine School Systems Fund

Alex leads New Profit's Reimagine School Systems Fund (RSS). The purpose of the RSS fund is to significantly and rapidly increase the number of high performing schools serving low-income students by scaling high-quality operators and removing the political and policy barriers to systemic change in education. Alex also serves on the Boards of Match Education in Boston and Innovate Public Schools in the Bay Area.

Alex joined New Profit after multiple roles with the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP). He served as Chief of Staff, Strategy and Execution on the leadership team of KIPP Houston Public Schools. In this role, he led the region in creating a new long-term growth plan to double the number of schools in Houston. Alex also led the region in developing its systems and practices in annual priority-setting and data-driven management, oversaw the region’s “to and through college” programming, worked with the board to evolve their practices, and led various internal initiatives to build scalable systems to support continued growth. Prior to KIPP Houston, Alex served at the KIPP Foundation as a Regional Director of Network Growth and Sustainability, working with leadership teams across the country in both large and small regions to help them respond to their biggest challenges to and opportunities for growth, performance, and sustainability.

Prior to his work with KIPP, Alex was a Manager at The Bridgespan Group where he led a variety of client engagements in education, youth development, and philanthropy. While at Bridgespan, Alex also authored several nonprofit case studies and research into mergers and collaborations in the nonprofit space. Alex started his career in for-profit management consulting working for clients in financial services, telecommunications, private equity, and state government.

He graduated with a B.A. in political science from Columbia University. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and M.P.A. from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Originally from New Orleans, Alex currently resides in Brookline, MA with his partner, Jenny, her daughter, Alexis, and Alexis’s very extroverted guinea pig named Penelope.