Alex Wirth is a Cofounder of Quorum, an online legislative strategy platform platform that provides unique quantitative insights into the U.S. Congress. Featuring interactive visualizations and up-to-date statistics for every Member, bill, vote, committee, issue area, and Congressional district, Quorum is changing the way people see, explain, and influence the legislative process.
Alex and the Quorum team have won the Harvard Innovation Challenge, The Harvard Institute of Politics Gov 2.0 Grant, The George Washington University Pitch Competition, and The Harvard Ventures Pitch Competition.
Alex has interned in the Office of the Chief of Staff at the White House, Senator Jeff Bingaman’s (D-NM) office, and was a U.S. Senate Page. Alex served as the inaugural Chair of the Campaign for a Presidential Youth Council advocating for an idea that has been endorsed by 6 U.S. Senators, 30 Members of Congress, over 130 organizations, and the White House Council for Community Solutions.
In March of 2012, Alex was appointed by Secretary Clinton to the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO, a federal advisory committee to the State Department that supports worldwide humanitarian development and values by coordinating efforts and delivering expert advice on issues of education, science, communications, and culture. He chairs the youth working group of the Commission.
In the last two years, Alex has traveled to Moscow, Russia as a part of the Kremlin Fellows program, chaired the International Youth Forum in Seoul, South Korea, presented at the World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg, France, and spoke at the UNFPA International Parliamentarian’s Conference in Istanbul, Turkey. In the fall of 2012, Alex was recognized by the Diplomatic Courier as one of the top 99 young professionals under 33 in foreign policy.
In the fall of 2011, Alex founded the Youth Creating Action Network (YouthCAN) connecting over 1,000 outstanding high school and college leaders across the United States with each other and opportunities to get involved nationally.
Currently, Alex is active in two efforts aimed at improving outcomes for children and young people. Alex serves as a Member of the Forum for Youth Investment Board of Directors. Additionally, Alex was selected by Be The Change Inc as an Opportunity Nation Scholar and is involved with their campaign to increase economic opportunity in the United States. Alex has also served on the youth councils of the Democratic National Committee and DoSomething.org.
Alex is a strong supporter of bringing service-learning into the classroom to teach citizenship and the skills of the 21st century: creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. Alex served on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board designing and implementing a 5 million dollar a year service-learning grants program. Alex served for two years on the Youth Service America youth council and for a year on their board of directors. Alex has spoken about the importance of service-learning at the National Education Association, The National Service-Learning Conference, and Education Commission of the States’ Every Student A Citizen regional meetings. Alex spent the summer of 2013 working in Santiago, Chile for Educación2020. For his efforts Microsoft recognized him as a global hero in education.
Alex frequently speaks about civic engagement. He has spoken at the United Nations, the Clinton Global Initiative, Boston College, Georgia College, American University, Yale University, the Nexus Global Youth Summit and served as a moderator at TedxCapital and the Department of Education’s first ever National Youth Summit. Alex has been quoted in the Washington Post, National Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Columbus Telegram, Boulder Daily Camera, and Forbes.
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