Alex Bernadotte is the founder and CEO of Beyond 12, a nonprofit that integrates personalized coaching for students with intelligent technology for high schools and colleges to increase the number of traditionally underserved students who graduate from college. She has more than 16 years of executive management and strategic development experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Before creating Beyond 12, she served as an Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund. In 2009, Alex became an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at NewSchools, where she developed the business plan for Beyond 12.
Alex's previous professional experience includes serving as executive director of The Princeton Review's Silicon Valley office, co-founder and vice president of marketing and online strategy at educational travel startup Explorica, director of operations at EF Education, and operations manager at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she coordinated the efforts of an international youth substance abuse prevention foundation. Alex was also the executive director of Foundation for a College Education (FCE), a nonprofit in East Palo Alto, California. She currently serves on the FCE advisory board as well as the board of directors of Great Oakland Public Schools.
Alex received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and earned a master's degree with a concentration in policy and organizational leadership from Stanford University. In 2011, Alex won the NewSchools Venture Fund Entrepreneur of the Year award. She is an Ashoka Fellow, one of the highest honors for social entrepreneurs in the world, and won a 2012 Jefferson Award for Public Service. In addition, Beyond 12 was recognized as one of the world’s 10 most innovative companies in education by Fast Company.
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