Frank L. Alexander is a nationally recognized leader in improving and creating innovative cross-sector health, housing, and human services strategic partnerships and approaches. With more than 30 years of experience working to improve systems for child and family well-being, transform housing and human services systems with improved quality of life outcomes, and working across the life course and prevention continuum, he has a track record of deep coalition building at every level of government.
In this role, Alexander is responsible for creating integrated, upstream solutions and transformative change at the local, state, and federal levels to improve outcomes for communities, families, and children in the United States and internationally. He provides support to federal partners in the U.S. and leads organizational strategy to operationalize an integrated, social determinants of health (SDOH) approach, focus on child and family well-being, health, and economic mobility. Solutions are co-designed with lived experience and frontline expertise and demonstrate advancements in equity.
Alexander joined Abt Associates from Casey Family Programs, where he served as managing director of Judicial and National Engagement and focused on strengthening the foundation’s child welfare transformation efforts to build just, thriving communities, and advance child and family well-being. He served as co-lead of Thriving Families, Safer Children: National Commitment to Well-Being, an unprecedented partnership with Prevent Child Abuse America, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the U.S. Children’s Bureau. In 2020, he collaborated with partners across the country to establish the National Preventive Legal Advocacy Partnership to strengthen high quality legal representation for families and reduce unnecessary involvement in child welfare by strengthening access to SDOH.
Prior to joining Casey, Alexander served as the director of the Boulder County, Colo., Department of Housing and Human Services (BCDHHS) and the executive director of the Boulder County Housing Authority. BCDHHS was the first agency in the country to merge housing and human services into a fully integrated services delivery system across diverse funding streams. In this role, he worked with HUD, HHS (CMS, HRSA, CDC, SAMHSA, ACF), DOE, and USDA.
Alexander has served on the Executive Board of the American Public Human Services Association; as Past President of the Colorado Human Services Directors Association; and as co-founder of the Colorado Partnership for Thriving Families. Over the last several years, Alexander has been focused on expanding the national infrastructure for diverse and affordable housing and strengthening early childhood and universal supports for prenatal through age five.
- Cross-discipline systems integration
- Public health, health care, housing, early childhood, child welfare
- Strategic financial and population-level planning
- Systems transformations
- Diversifying funding streams
- Partnership development and coalition building with federal/state/local governments, community-based organizations, private foundations/universities, business partners
- Alexander, F. (2021). Building More Equitable Health, Housing and Human Services Systems Post-Pandemic. ASTHO Experts, May 5, 2021. State Public Health | ASTHO
- Alexander, F. (2020). How can child welfare leaders advance a 21st Century Child and Family Well-Being System. Leadership Lessons: Transforming Child Welfare Systems, February 11, 2020. 21st Century Child Welfare – Casey Family Programs
- Alexander, F. (2019). Let’s Enhance the Well-Being of All Children by Building Vibrant and Healthy Communities together. CBX, U.S. Children’s Bureau Express. February 2019, Vol. 20, No. 1. Children's Bureau Express (hhs.gov)
- Alexander, F. (2021). Thriving Families, Safer Children: A National Commitment to Well-Being. Child Welfare Information Gateway, March 15, 2021 Stream Thriving Families, Safer Children - A National Commitment to Well-Being Part 1 by Child Welfare Information Gateway | Listen online for free on SoundCloud and April 12, 2021. Stream Thriving Families, Safer Children - A National Commitment to Well-Being Part 2 by Child Welfare Information Gateway | Listen online for free on SoundCloud