Alexie is an activist, community organizer, public speaker and urban planner from the South Bronx, New York with over 25 years of experience in social justice leadership in low-income communities of color. She also brings over 10 years’ experience in the philanthropic sector as a foundation executive director, board member, and senior fellow. Her life’s work has been dedicated to the intersections of faith, economic and racial justice, democratic change, youth organizing, women and supporting the leadership of communities of color. Alexie came to Massachusetts in 2014 as Harvard University Loeb Fellow where she explored how community organizing can inform urban planning strategies.
A nationally sought-after speaker, Alexie has received numerous awards throughout her career, including the 2008 Rockefeller Foundation’s Jane Jacobs Medal for New Ideas and Activism; The Caritas Medal from the Vincentian Society for her service to the poor; and the “Servitor Pacis—Servant of Peace” award from the Permanent Observer Mission of the Vatican to the United Nations. In January 2009, Alexie was named one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” by the Utne Reader. She is founder of the nationally recognized Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice in the Bronx as well as co-founder of the Bronx River Alliance and the Southern Bronx River Watershed Alliance. In September of 2015, President Obama appointed Alexie to serve as an advisor on the White House Council of Faith and Neighborhood Partnerships.