Alex Frank is GARE’s Director of Root Solutions for Public Safety. Alex has spent her career working in and with state and local justice systems across the country at the intersection of restorative practices, cultural healing, and antiracist policy change with an eye towards addressing the ways in which the legal system perpetuates harm and upcycles racial inequities. Her work ensures all efforts are in close partnership with the people most impacted by mass incarceration, especially currently and formerly incarcerated people, system impacted families, and frontline staff.
Prior to joining Race Forward, Alex worked as Assistant Commissioner at the New York City Department of Corrections at Rikers Island Jail, Co-Founded and Co-Directed the Restoring Promise Initiative at the Vera Institute of Justice, and worked at the Annie E. Casey Foundation within their Juvenile Justice Strategy Group. In addition to her work at Race Forward, Alex is an Adjunct Professor at Vermont Law and Graduate School where she teaches courses related to youth and young adult justice. Alex holds a Bachelors in Holistic Psychology from Lesley University, and a Masters in Social Work from New York University. She enjoys cooking, watching documentaries, bird watching, and reading science fiction books.