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#AskExcelinEd: Why I Aim to Lose at Least Once Every Day

• J. Alex Kelly


During our #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning series, you’ll get to know some of ExcelinEd’s team as they share what they are learning over the summer. Remember to join us on social media to ask your burning policy questions. Enjoy!

Meet J. Alex Kelly

Vice President of Advocacy

My goal every day is to lose at least once. Days spent only compiling wins are days we didn’t do anything daring. And as education reformers, we are warriors for daring disruption and detangling what stands in the way of students reaching their greatest potential.

I Prefer…

Text over Phone Call

Traditional Watch over Smart Watch

Coffee over Tea

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My Favorite Quote

“Giving up means you never truly wanted it.”
– Ray Lewis

My Recommended News Reads

What do would-be governors have to say about education?” from the American Enterprise Institute shows that workforce education is by far the top issue embraced by gubernatorial candidates on all sides of the political aisle in 2018.

State Spotlight: Michigan

Michigan’s new Marshall Plan for Talent innovation law could be a game changer with a $100 million investment in workforce education, computer science pathways, personalized learning and related resources for teachers and schools.

ExcelinEd Resource Highlight

I’ve been so grateful to participate in our last five National Summits on Education Reform. They are the best ExcelinEd resource, because each National Summit empowers hundreds of policymakers, advocates and policy wonks to be brave and think big. (Registration is now open for the 2018 National Summit!)

About the author

J. Alex Kelly @thejalexkelly

Alex serves as the Vice President of Advocacy for ExcelinEd. Previously, Alex served as a Regional Advocacy Director for ExcelinEd’s Gulf region. Prior to ExcelinEd, Alex worked as chief of staff for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, and served as staff director for the Florida House of Representatives’ Redistricting Committee. Alex also worked in several other capacities in the Florida Legislature, managed political campaigns in Florida, and was legislative director for two other state agencies. A Baltimore native and dedicated Manchester United fan, Alex received his B.A. from York College of Pennsylvania and M.A. from the University of Florida. Alex and his wife Leda are the proud parents of two puppies and a tabby.