Alex Cortez leads New Profit's Reimagine School Systems Fund (RSS) and also serves on the boards of Match Education in Boston and Innovate Public Schools in the Bay Area. He joined New Profit after multiple roles with the Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP). He served as chief of staff, strategy and execution on the leadership team of KIPP Houston Public Schools. In this role, he led the region in creating a new long-term growth plan to double the number of schools in Houston. Prior to KIPP Houston, he served at the KIPP Foundation as regional director of network growth and sustainability. Prior to his work with KIPP, he was a manager at the Bridgespan Group where he authored several nonprofit case studies and research into mergers and collaborations in the nonprofit space. He started his career in for-profit management consulting working for clients in financial services, telecommunications, private equity, and state government. Mr. Cortez 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.