Alejandro Alvarez was born and raised in New York; a proud first generation college graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Iona College. During his upbringing, a strong passion and sense of responsibility was cultivated towards being of service to others. This became his compass towards realizing his life’s goals. “Empower others so we can leave this planet healthier than we found it”
He embarked on his life’s mission of service by joining Americorps as a first-grade teacher assistant at Jefferson Elementary School in New Rochelle. He worked closely with those students whom English was their second language. He had a strong affinity to this specific population due to his own struggles with the English language at an early age. After his work with Americorps and volunteering with various community-based organizations, he set out to learn skills that could be transferred to the people he wanted to help.
For over five years he worked as a Journeyman in Local 157 Carpenters Union in New York City. He worked on large projects for Google, AIG, Bloomberg, UNICEF, CNN, Tiffany, and Deloitte to name a few. He received extensive experience with the construction process; from the implementation of a strong safety culture, to efficient project management and employee development.
Alex left the union to proceed to the next phase of his career as a minority owner of a social enterprise, Envirolution One. They provide energy efficiency training and connect participants to the industry through a powerful network of over 400 program alumni and boast an 80% job placement rate. He participated in coordinating and delivering various training for workforce organizations such as STRIVE International, Non-Traditional Employment for Women and CUNY.
He is currently managing a DOL-funded construction training program for Youth Action YouthBuild in East Harlem for young adults ages 17-24 who are pursuing their high school equivalency diploma. He delivers Green Construction skills training, OSHA Certifications, and NCCER Certifications, where students are enriched with powerful tools to further create success in their careers.
“The one exclusive sign of thorough knowledge is the power of teaching.” Aristotle.
With the experiences Alejandro has acquired through his professional career he hopes to continue to empower those that seek to make a better life for themselves but need the support to get them there. As the saying goes “Give a person a fish, and you feed them for a day. Teach a person to fish, and you feed them for a lifetime.”