Alex Cortez

Guest Blogger

Managing Partner, New Profit

Brookline, Massachusetts

Alex Cortez is a managing partner focused on K-12 systems change at New Profit, a national nonprofit venture philanthropy. Before joining New Profit, Alex served as chief of staff, strategy and execution for KIPP Houston Public Schools. He also served at the KIPP Foundation as a regional director of network growth and sustainability and was a consulting manager at the Bridgespan Group.

Alex graduated with a B.A. in political science from Columbia University, received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his MPA from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Originally from New Orleans, Alex currently resides in Brookline, Massachusetts with his partner, Jenny, and her daughter, Alexis. Alex’s blog reflect his own views and not necessarily those of his organization.

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Posted Nov. 2, 2016

Educationally Underserved Communities in Massachusetts Deserve the Dignity of Making their Own Choices

The Massachusetts ballot initiative to raise the cap on public charter school growth will provide families living in low-income, urban…

By Alex Cortez

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

Without Data, We Can’t Fight for Our Students’ Futures

Sometimes, data can seem pesky. Just ask the folks who continue to suggest that coronavirus spikes are merely the result of increased testing. “You know…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Nov. 30, 2020

It’s Not a Discipline Problem, You’re Just Not Engaging Your Students

Here’s a dirty little secret about teachers that few people care to admit: Many teachers with poor classroom management aren’t strong instructional. I would never assume…

By Rann Miller

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Posted Nov. 23, 2020

One Memphis Mom (and Grandma) Has a Thanksgiving Message for Joe Biden

Sarah Carpenter, executive director of Memphis Lift, spent much of the 2020 primary season bringing her message—her plea—for liberation from failing schools to all who were…

By Erika Sanzi

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