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Alex Swartsel is deputy director of acceleration at JFFLabs. In that role, she helps build and grow JFF’s emerging Impact Accelerator, which is transforming U.S. workforce and education systems by expanding access to innovative technologies that have the potential to revolutionize how Americans work and learn.

Alex’s work encompasses program design, strategy, management, business and partner development, operations, and human capital.

Her skills and areas of expertise include:

  • Nonprofit leadership and management
  • Strategy development and implementation
  • Organizational design and development
  • Communications and public relations
  • Stakeholder engagement and partnership development

Before joining JFF, Alex served as chief of development, finance, and external affairs for Teach for America’s Washington, DC, region, a role in which she oversaw fundraising, finance, and communications for a 22-person team supporting more than 3,000 educators and leaders.

Earlier in her career, she served as a senior advisor to U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, co-designed global strategic planning at the Motion Picture Association, and built and led the communications team for then-first-term U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

Alex chairs the board of directors of Capital City Symphony. She is also a longtime member and current chorus president of the Choral Arts Society of Washington.

She says she was drawn to JFF because she believes “we cannot reverse generations of profound inequities in this country without creating—and connecting people to—better jobs and better education systems. JFF is uniquely positioned to drive change, diving in and rolling up our sleeves alongside partners in the startup, corporate, workforce, and education ecosystems. It’s an honor to help reimagine how cutting-edge technologies can help transform Americans’ lives.”

Alex is a skilled cook and enjoys distance running, visual arts, and hosting celebrations with friends and family.