Alexandra Chung Rouse will join Houston Endowment Oct. 1, 2018, as program officer for education.

Alex brings a deep understanding of the intentional coordination and cultivation of partners required to achieve strategic impact in education. Most recently having served as the chief of staff for New Schools for Baton Rouge (NSBR), Alex worked to improve the quality of the K-12 public school system in which she herself was educated.

Previously, Alex worked for Teach for America South Louisiana, advancing from program director to director of community partnership and alumni affairs to managing director of teacher and alumni leadership. In the latter role, she managed a large team to reach goals in student achievement, corps member retention, talent recruitment and alumni engagement and launched regional diversity programming for staff and corps members focused on race, class and community. Alex began her work in education as a second-grade teacher in Baton Rouge, LA.

She earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Louisiana State University and a postgraduate diploma from Queens University Belfast in Belfast, Northern Ireland as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.

Alex will focus on promoting school systems that effectively educate all students, increasing the number of highly effective teachers and school leaders, and strengthening the systems that increase college completion.