Alexa received her Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial and Labor Relations with a minor in International Relations from Cornell University in 2014. After graduation, she served as a Community Outreach Agent in the Peace Corps in Swaziland from 2014-2016, where she was elected director of the national women’s health and empowerment program, Girls Leading Our World (GLOW).
She lived in rural Swaziland, where she implemented community-level projects related to education, sanitation, HIV prevention, leadership, and career development. As the director of GLOW, she wrote and budgeted grants and conducted monitoring and evaluation of GLOW national projects and initiatives. She also organized a two-week health and empowerment camp for over 120 Swazi girls, led by Swazi counselors who had attended leadership and technical trainings that Alexa organized and facilitated.
From 2016-2018, Alexa worked for Mathematica Policy Research, where she managed state, federal, and foundation health and human services projects. She also facilitated contract modifications and budget proposals, working with clients, subcontractors, and accounting and project teams. Alexa developed project management tools in Excel and MS Project and conducted contractual and financial analyses to minimize and manage project risk.
"I chose MSFS because I wanted a comprehensive, practical education in foreign policy and international affairs.”