Special Monday Newsmaker Interview-Senate Alexander, Esq.
A story of resilience
By Marquis Lupton
In a groundbreaking move, the esteemed Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning (CHS) has appointed Senate Alexander, Esq., as its inaugural Executive Director. With an impressive career spanning over 15 years, Alexander brings a wealth of leadership experience in education, nonprofit management, and strategic growth planning to his new role. Notably, his background as a graduate of the Milton Hershey School further enhances his qualifications for this pivotal position.
The focus of Alexander’s leadership will be on the ambitious $350 million CHS initiative aimed at establishing up to six cost-free Early Childhood Resource Centers (ECRCs) in Pennsylvania. These centers are envisioned to cater to economically disadvantaged youth, providing crucial services to children from birth to 5 years old.
After an exhaustive national search, Alexander emerged as the standout candidate, largely due to his innovative vision for the future of quality early childhood education. His distinctive blend of legal acumen, business development skills, and a steadfast commitment to offering top-notch educational opportunities to at-risk youth positions him as an ideal leader for CHS.
A Temple University alumnus, Alexander holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. His academic journey continued with the attainment of a Juris Doctorate from the American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., where he specialized in employment and labor law as well as nonprofit management. Notably, he is a licensed attorney in Maryland.
Alexander’s diverse experiences in both legal and educational domains have equipped him with the expertise to initiate and lead multiple Early Childhood Education (ECE) startups. Additionally, he has spearheaded strategic, financial, and programmatic expansions for new and existing centers, demonstrating a comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities in the field.
The CHS initiative under Alexander’s guidance marks a significant step toward addressing the educational needs of vulnerable communities. The establishment of cost-free ECRCs will not only provide a supportive learning environment for young children but also contribute to breaking the cycle of poverty by offering educational resources to economically disadvantaged families.
As the first Executive Director of CHS, Senate Alexander, Esq., is poised to leave an indelible mark on the organization and the lives of countless children in Pennsylvania. His unique combination of educational passion, legal expertise, and strategic vision positions CHS for success in its mission to empower the next generation through early childhood education.