Alex Edwards is the Director of Communications at The Century Foundation (TCF), one of the nation’s leading progressive think tanks. He spearheads TCF’s work to shape public opinion, strengthen advocacy networks, and elevate the organization’s impact and ideas in the media, among policymakers, and with key stakeholders. During Alex’s tenure, TCF’s profile has grown significantly across channels—media, digital and web, Capitol Hill, state and local legislatures, and more—contributing to the 100-year-old organization more than doubling in size in the last five years.
Alex has helped develop and drive some of the most innovative progressive communications campaigns in recent years. He led TCF’s public push to secure an historic $800+ billion in extra aid to assist unemployed Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic, and helped establish a first-of-its-kind startup think tank, Next100, which puts diverse (and often excluded) next generation leaders with lived experience at the center of policymaking. He and the team have expanded TCF’s communications work to incorporate new public opinion and polling research, message testing, data visualization, video, in-house podcasts, and media partnerships to the organization.
Prior to joining TCF, Alex was a senior strategist at BerlinRosen (BR), a top political communications agency. He joined the then-nascent firm in 2012 to launch a fast-food worker campaign, the Fight for $15, which helped ignite a nationwide movement to raise wages and tackle income inequality. At BR, Alex advised 60+ leading nonprofit, research, advocacy, and political clients on a wide-range of issues. In 2015, he relocated from DC to NYC to build out the firm’s Philanthropy and Social Impact program, in addition to its speechwriting arm. In this role, Alex coordinated the communications strategy for the effort among 12 philanthropies to settle Detroit’s bankruptcy—a strategy that one foundation President called the “silver bullet” to the city’s solvency.
Before BerlinRosen, Alex worked as a research assistant at the National Poverty Center and on President Obama’s reelection campaign in Colorado. He has a background in international affairs and human rights, having worked at both Amnesty International USA and Human Rights First. A prolific ghostwriter, his writing has appeared in numerous publications, journal essays, reports, book chapters, and op-eds, including in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Atlantic, Politico, and elsewhere. He studied at the London School of Economics and the University of Michigan, where he was awarded the William Jennings Bryan Prize, given to the school’s top political science graduate.