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Alex Lebow

How do you spend your days?

I like most days to start with a jog, cup of tea, and hard copy of the newspaper. My routine is slightly different since I recently transitioned from New Orleans to Portland, but I currently work on the Global Communications team at Nike. Previously, I worked in the political, education and non profit spaces. And on a really good day, I’m closing the day at a concert or ballgame. 

What has inspired you to be an engaged philanthropist?

I have been fortunate to work on both the giving and receiving end of philanthropy. In my experience, it has the ability to transform the sense of possibility and urgency of both the recipient(s) and the donor(s). There is a lot of good work happening on both sides of the equation and I hope to learn even more about the most effective models in Portland and beyond. 

What do you want to accomplish in your next decade?

My long term plan is still a work-in-progress, but my career has been defined by jumping between the public, private and nonprofit sectors.  For now, I hope to excel in my current role, build a strong community in Portland and double down on supporting local, regional and national causes.  

What criteria do you use in deciding where to focus your philanthropy?

I focus my philanthropy — both as a donor and skills based volunteer — across a wide range of organizations and platforms. A handwritten thank you note/phone call from an organizational leader usually secures a lifetime donation from me.