Alex Rudzinski was pleased to join The Democracy Collaborative in September 2015 as Senior Economic Development Consultant, and has since transitioned to the position of Director of Advisory Services.
She has worked on economic inclusion strategies for the Anchors for Resilient Communities (ARC) initiative in East Oakland and Richmond, CA as well as with the City of Richmond, VA's Office of Community Wealth Building. She leads current projects including a cohort learning initiative in Albuquerque, NM with the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and developing local hiring and workforce development programs with the City of Dayton.
She promotes “the anchor mission” and place based economic and social equity strategies with clients that include diversifying anchor institutions' procurement to include minority and local businesses, identifying small local business and cooperative opportunities to jump start economic growth, inclusive hiring, workforce training, and capacity building within communities of need.
Before joining the staff, Alex worked closely with The Democracy Collaborative as Director of Development for the City of Jacksonville, Florida's Office of Economic Development on TDC's Community Wealth Building Action Plan for the City and its anchor institutions in June 2014. Alex staffed the City's community wealth building task force, which was an outgrowth of the action plan, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to join The Democracy Collaborative team.
She has over 25 years in the private and public sectors in upper management in community and economic development, as well as the full spectrum of commercial and residential real estate development services, finance, and construction management and project implementation (over $350 million of projects), urban planning and downtown revitalization, and fiscal responsibility. Alex has planned, constructed, and performed in asset and property management roles for specialty projects in biomedical translational research, health care, education, and the arts and culture sectors. She implemented parts of the University of Pennsylvania's West Philadelphia initiative from 1998-1999 and 2001-2007.
Alex has her B.A. from Brown University in International Relations, and her Master's in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lancaster poverty commission to hear Thursday about Richmond, Va.'s push to end segregation, reduce povertyLancaster Online
In this article, journalist Jeff Hawkes highlights a poverty commission hearing in Lancaster, PA, wherein our friend Thad Williamson will be joined by our Director of Advisory Services Alexandra Rudzinski to describe the successes and strategies of the multi-prong event to eradicate poverty in Richmond, VA: