Alex is currently a program and research associate for the Middle East Program and supports the Middle East and North Africa Workforce Development Initiative and Middle East Women's Initiative. He is the co-author of "Ready for Work: An Analysis of Workforce Asymmetries in the Middle East and North Africa," the Middle East Program's flagship report on the regional labor market, for which his team did primary research in Tunisia, Jordan, and Oman. He holds a Master of Public Administration and Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Washington with a focus international development policy and management. He has also conducted qualitative research on refugees and the nonprofit sector in Jordan and the refugee resettlement system in the United States. His specializations include economic development, governance, labor, education, the nonprofit sector, social movements, migration, and refugees. He has previously lived in Morocco and Jordan.