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Alexander K. Lawson, Jr.

Alex is a racial equity and economic justice advocate who is passionate about helping marginalized communities reach their fullest, self-determined potential. Leveraging more than a decade of experience in leading strategic economic mobility initiatives at high-performing social impact firms, Alex has helped deploy more than $200 million to communities of color by creating programs that aim to close the opportunity gap in homeownership, entrepreneurship, education, food systems, climate justice, and financial services.

Alex is currently the Senior Vice President for Strategic Initiatives at the Deep South’s leading community development financial institution – Hope Credit Union / Hope Enterprise Corporation – where he leads special projects and supports the executive leadership team in developing and implementing the corporate strategy. Prior to joining HOPE, Alex worked in corporate finance and founded a college preparatory middle school in Jackson, MS, where he currently resides and plays an active role in the community. In addition to serving on the JRA Board, he also serves as the Chairman of Mississippi Votes, represents his ward on the Jackson Association of Neighborhoods, and works internationally with numerous economic justice and human rights advocacy groups. Alex is a graduate of Millsaps College where he earned a bachelor’s degree and MBA from the college’s Else School of Management.