Founder and Board Director | Student Organization for Democratic Alternatives (SODA)
Alexander is a PhD student in political science at Yale University, where he is an active member of UNITE-HERE Local 33, the union of graduate employees. His broad research focuses on participatory democracy and workers’ self-management. His current primary focus is on the concept of the general strike, as well as on participatory democracy in public schools. Alexander has an M.A. in Philosophy from City University of New York. He is the Founder and Board Director of Student Organization for Democratic Alternatives (SODA). With SODA he has coordinated or assisted in the implementation of four PB processes at City University of New York.
As Student Coordinator of NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives and Worker Cooperative Development Assistant at Make the Road New York (MRNY), he advocated for passage and subsequent enhancement of the Worker Cooperative Development Initiative (WCBDI) and aided in developing worker cooperatives. He has also written on issues related to municipalism, worker cooperatives, union democracy, and the Rojava Revolution, for popular publications such as ROAR Magazine, New Politics, Truthout and In These Times.
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