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Managing Partner


New Profit


Alex Cortez is a managing partner at New Profit, a national venture philanthropy. His focus has been investing in and advising organizations scaling both the ‘supply’ of education innovations and also those creating systems-level ‘demand’ by informing and organizing families so that they can exercise their innate power to drive change in their communities. He has also focused on building a network of practitioners in the family empowerment space to take on common problems of practice.

Prior to New Profit, Alex held multiple roles with the KIPP network of public charter schools, including chief of staff, strategy and execution for KIPP Houston, and regional director of network growth for The KIPP Foundation. Previously, Alex was a manager at The Bridgespan Group. He started his career in for-profit management consulting, working for clients in financial services, telecommunications, private equity, and state government.

Alex has published works on mergers and collaborations in the nonprofit space, nonprofit best practices in being data-driven and mission-focused, and multiple articles on how philanthropy can support enduring family empowerment in education.

Alex serves on the nonprofit boards of Innovate Public Schools and Match Education, and on the Board of Higher Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Alex earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Columbia University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and an MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Originally from New Orleans, Alex currently resides in Brookline, MA, with his partner, Jenny, and his step-daughter, Alexis.