Community Spotlight: Alexandra Katzenstein
SF Day School
Alexandra is from a small town in Washington State on the East side of the Cascades called Ellensburg (there is a university and a rodeo there). Her parents were professors and they traveled a fair amount when she was young — Alex has lived in Muncie, Indiana; Oak Ridge, Tennessee; London, England; and Portmarnock, Ireland. She went to Oberlin College in Ohio where she got her degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Women's Studies and Politics. While at Oberlin, Alex was the president of the LGBTQAI union and played in the steel drum band. She moved to San Francisco as soon as she graduated from college in 2000 and she has been here ever since.
Most recently, Alex was the director of development and community engagement at a charter school network called Lighthouse Academies, which is a network of sixteen K-12 public charter schools whose goal is to close the staggering opportunity gap that affects a disproportionate number of students of color. She lives in Berkeley with her husband, who is a creative director specializing in humor writing, her 5-year-old son, her 6-year-old daughter, and their giant, fluffy tuxedo cat named Scramble. Alex identifies as a Queer Jewish woman and a jazz and soul singer, and she plays mediocre ukulele. Please come talk to Alex about Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald, and anything else!