Alex is currently a Senior Advisor on the Hunger Impact team at the AARP Foundation. She leads up the team's Hunger as a Health Issue platform including research, communications, partnerships and events with a specific focus on integrating nutrition and healthy eating into a broader food security strategy. 

In addition to working for the AARP Foundation, Alex is the President of FoodSpeak, LLC.  She maintains the FoodSpeak blog and consults for a range of food, health and nutrition clients.

Alex was previously a Vice President at Weber Shandwick where she handled a range of accounts including Genentech, the United States Department of Agriculture,  Nutrilite and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  She has lent her expertise around food policy and federal programs to many clients looking to elevate themselves in Washington, DC and among food and nutrition experts.  

Alex came to Weber Shandwick from the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service.  At USDA, Alex led the USDA Foods Communications Initiative which worked to dispel misconceptions about school meal programs and increase awareness and understanding of the nutritional quality of school food.  Prior to USDA, Alexandra served as the Project Manager for the Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Alex is Chair-Elect of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior’s Advisory Committee on Public Policy, has served as a commissioner on the D.C. Mayor’s Commission for Food and Nutrition as well as on the D.C. Mayor’s Commission for Healthy Schools.  She is currently the Chair of the Food Systems Working Group, a sub group of the CDC/UCSF Nutrition and Obesity Policy Research and Evaluation Network (NOPREN) Hunger Safety Net Work Group.  Alex graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cornell University and has since received her Masters in Public Administration and PhD in Nutrition, also from Cornell.

Alex specializes in:

  • Stakeholder analysis

  • Research translation

  • Communications, messaging, writing, editing

  • Policy/regulatory analysis

  • Strategy development

  • Education/awareness campaigns

  • Public speaking