Alexander Shermansong is a polymath and transformation leader. As CEO of Civic Consulting USA, he enables cities to innovate inclusively — with sustained impact in economic growth, healthcare, education, and infrastructure.
Harvard’s Kennedy School called the approach one of the most innovative in government. When a city works with a skilled network over the long term, they are able to solve seemingly intractable issues: doubling community college graduation rates, expanding transit, slashing sales tax, creating urban analytics programs, and turning around public health systems.
Alexander managed these networks for Mayors Rahm Emanuel and Bill de Blasio during their transitions into city hall. The White House selected Civic Consulting to work with economically distressed cities nationally. For his work replicating the model from Chicago to New York, Silicon Valley, and elsewhere, UBM Future Cities named Alexander one of the 100 City Innovators Worldwide.
For 20 years, Alexander has been advising CEOs and boards on strategic issues, from Oxford University’s financial future (which garnered front-page coverage) to creation of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. He even developed “Stanley” the world’s first museum guide for handheld computers. Thanks to this body of work, Bloomberg Civic 50 appointed him an evaluator of Fortune 500 companies.
An active board leader, Alexander has helped more than a dozen start-ups and social impact organizations expand and deliver greater value. In addition to two current roles on start-up boards, Alexander:
- Chairs the board of the Princeton Terrace Club
- C0-chairs the finance committee of the Seaview Association
- Served as treasurer of the Hypocrites theater, developing their national touring program
- Served as treasurer of Emmy-winning Free Spirit Media, installing g new controls and accountability.
Alexander teaches as an adjunct professor at NYU Wagner Graduate School. He also advises on many civic issues, from The Petey Greene Program scaling their prison mentoring nationally to Paideia Institute making Latin more relevant outside the classics department. For Business Mentor New York, he coaches entrepreneurs on how to grow their businesses. He even developed “Stanley” the world’s first museum guide for handheld computers.
Following a Princeton degree in classics and computer science, Alexander completed graduate work at Cambridge University and executive education at University of Chicago. His most recent articles are on good governance and urban innovation.