Dr. Alex Johnston is president and founder of Building Impact, a philanthropic advising practice that engages forward-thinking funders to catalyze systemic change on the issues that matter most. Previously, Alex co-founded and served for seven years as CEO of ConnCAN, an advocacy organization focused on advancing educational equity in Connecticut. Alex is a board member of FaithActs for Education and a former member of the New Haven Board of Education. In addition to Trust for Learning, Alex serves on advisory boards for the Center for Reinventing Public Education and Education Resource Strategies. Alex got his start in education at the Common School in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is a graduate of Harvard College and received a Ph.D. in politics from Oxford University’s Lincoln College on a Rhodes Scholarship. In past lives, Alex has been the pastry chef at a gastropub, director of operations at a housing authority, and a licensed home-improvement contractor.