Alex Filippelli (they/he) is a queer and trans white settler and documented foreign worker who has dedicated their career to promoting health equity, racial, and gender justice. Alex is joining CMHEP as a Research/TA Specialist with CARS. They bring deep knowledge of qualitative research and evaluation, including specific focus on LGBTQ+ community health needs and barriers. As an educator, Alex has developed and provided training and education on program evaluation, harm reduction, trauma-informed, anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks.
Prior to joining CARS, Alex was part-time faculty with CSU Sacramento’s Division of Social Work. They also have extensive experience in non-profit management, program evaluation, and direct service, including having spent several years evaluating Gender Health Center, Sacramento’s Trans and LGBQ-affirming behavioral workforce development program as part of the California Reducing Disparities Project. Prior to immigrating to the US, Alex worked as a participatory action researcher using arts-based methods in the gender-based violence prevention field. Alex has also supported white people to unlearn racism and promote mutual aid initiatives as part of Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ).
Alex holds an MSW from the University of Victoria, Canada. Alex is also a cat lover and vintage Volkswagen enthusiast. When not working they enjoy spending time outdoors gardening, hiking, cycling, camping, and backpacking.