Alex Cortez

Managing Partner, Education Portfolio

Alex is a Managing Partner in New Profit's Education Portfolio focusing on efforts that inform and organize parents so they can exercise their innate power – individually and collectively – to create and sustain education change.  Alex serves on the MA State Board of Higher Education and the nonprofit boards of Innovate Public Schools, Match Education, and Valor Collegiate Academies.

He is the author of, a resource for funders and practitioners on parent empowerment and how to use measurement to maximize impact.

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.