Alex Bernadotte is the founder and CEO of Beyond 12, a nonprofit that integrates personalized coaching for students with intelligent technology for high schools and colleges to increase the number of traditionally underserved students who graduate from college. Before creating Beyond 12, she served as an Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund. In 2009, Alex became an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at NewSchools, where she developed the business plan for Beyond 12. Alex’s previous professional experience includes serving as executive director of The Princeton Review’s Silicon Valley office, co-founder and vice president of marketing and online strategy at educational travel startup Explorica, director of operations at EF Education, and operations manager at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, where she coordinated the efforts of an international youth substance abuse prevention foundation. Alex was also the executive director of Foundation for a College Education (FCE), a nonprofit in East Palo Alto, California. Alex received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and earned a master’s degree with a concentration in policy and organizational leadership from Stanford University. In 2011, Alex won the NewSchools Venture Fund Entrepreneur of the Year award. She is an Ashoka Fellow, and has won a 2012 Jefferson Award for Public Service.
The members of our Leadership Council are Oakland natives, residents, parents, grandparents, former teachers, principals, and alumni of Oakland public schools. Our leaders have deep connections to Oakland and strong backgrounds in education. The Leadership Council supports and guides our work in the best interest of Oakland students.