Alex Volpe

  • Director of Strategic Initiatives

About me

Alex Volpe is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Beloved Community Housing. Alex has been working with underserved youth and families for 20+ years. Upon completing her Masters in Social Work at the University of Chicago in 2005, Alex worked as a therapist at Mercy Home for Boys and Girls, a residential treatment facility in Chicago. After moving to the East Bay with her family in 2008, Alex began working at Bay Area Youth Center (BAYC)/Sunny Hills Services (now “Side by Side”), a nonprofit serving foster and probation youth. Alex led BAYC as the Executive Director from 2013-2017. Under Alex’s leadership, BAYC significantly expanded mental health and housing services to youth in Alameda County and earned a reputation as an agency who would provide shelter and services to the highest need youth who were often terminated from other services due to their acute symptoms and behaviors. Alex is committed to the principles of trauma-responsive care and providing culturally relevant services to young people and their families.  

Following her tenure at Bay Area Youth Center, Alex held a number of contract and interim positions, including serving as the Interim Chief Operating Officer at Unity Care Group, as well as the Executive Director at the Ann Martin Center. In her most recent role, Director of Programs at the Catalyst Center, Alex and her team supported providers and counties throughout California in improving services and placement options for systems-involved youth, with a particular focus on serving our youth with significant unmet complex needs. Alex is thrilled to join Beloved Community Housing to advance the work to end the incarceration for girls and trans youth.

Prior to becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Alex received her JD from the University of Texas in Austin and worked as a corporate and securities attorney in San Francisco and Austin.  She currently lives in Oakland with her children.

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