Prior to joining the faculty Duke, Alexandra was part of the founding team of Student U, in Durham, NC. Alexandra served the organization as Director of Operations, Founding High School Program Director, Inaugural Chief Program Officer, and Executive Director. During this time, Student U built a 11 year pipeline of supports, changed its mission, acquired a 55 thousand sq ft building, brokered a 11-million-dollar renovation project without debt, implemented structures to increase collaboration and shared decision making across the organization, and became a people of color lead organization at the Board and staff levels. She is most grateful and proud of the relationships she built with students, parents, co-workers, and the broader Durham Community.
Currently, Alexandra serves as Associate Professor of the Practice in the Hart Leadership Program housed in the Sanford School of Public Policy. When she is not teaching, Alexandra continues to exercise her leadership muscles by serving on the following boards: MDC (Finance Committee Chair), The Beautiful Project, DataWorksNC (Board Chair), The Triangle Community Foundation (Outreach Committee). She is also the founder and principle of AnchorED Coaching and Consulting. Alexandra is also a trained Duke Health and Wellness Coach.
Alexandra is a proud immigrant from the Ivory Coast, child of a first-generation college student and the second of seven children.