Last updated: 2019/01/30
Alexander Shermansong, CEO of Civic Consulting USA, leads high impact urban innovations.
Recognized by Harvard's Kennedy School, the model of public-private pro bono partnership Alexander co-developed has enabled doubling community college graduation rates, expanding transit, and slashing sales tax. Civic Consulting aggregates long-term, multi-company teams as a nonpartisan resource for government leaders to tackle the toughest issues. Mayors Rahm Emanuel and Bill de Blasio each used these services during their transitions into city hall. Since Alexander replicated the model from Chicago to New York City and Silicon Valley, UBM Future Cities has named him one of the 100 City Innovators Worldwide.
Civic Consulting USA recently launched a multi-year effort with NYC Health + Hospitals, a $7 billion public healthcare network, to increase patient satisfaction and enhance community-level health outcomes. The White House SC2 Council engaged Civic Consulting USA to manage a multi-city effort to enhance economic growth nationally.
Lecturing at NYU, University of Chicago, and global conferences, Alexander cultivates thinking on how companies can motivate and develop their employees while realizing meaningful social impact. Thanks to this work, Bloomberg Civic 50 appointed him an evaluator of Fortune 500 companies.
Overseas, Alexander's financial model of Oxford University – the first ever – garnered front-page coverage and helped shape the public debate about funding higher education in the UK.
A dozen nonprofit boards have asked Alexander to serve, including twice as treasurer and once chairing the governance and nominations committee.
After graduating from Princeton University, Alexander earned a masters from Cambridge University for research on Aristotle's mathematics. At The Field Museum, he spearheaded the world's first gallery guide for handheld computers, and it's from there his lifelong love of museums and theater evolved into management strategy and civic leadership.