Heath Alexander has been a part of the TRIO community for the past 28 years beginning with his participation as a TRIO Talent Search student in high school. Heath began his employment with TRIO as an undergraduate, student tutor-counselor for Upward Bound and Upward Bound Math & Science at Grand Valley State University, where he went on to serve as the Coordinator, Teacher, and Associate Director for eight years. He served both the Michigan TRIO association as President in 2006 and the MAEOPP regional board as Legislation and Education Chair and graduate of the Emerging Leaders and CAS Training Institutes.
Heath worked at the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE) in Washington D.C. from 2008 – 2015 as the Director of State Outreach Initiatives, Director of Public and Private Partnerships, Director of the Priority 4 Training with the U.S. Department of Education, Director of the National Student Leadership Congress, Staff Liaison to the Coalition on Human Needs, Steering Committee Member for Federal Student Aid Office Initiatives, and Faculty Member of COE’s grant proposal writing workshop team. Heath has consulted on every TRIO grant competitions since 2014 as well as GEAR UP, Title V, and charter school improvement grants more recently. He also has been providing federal compliance evaluation and professional development services for TRIO and GEAR UP.
Heath holds a M.S. in Educational Leadership, B.S. in Biology and Chemistry, and Michigan Teachers certification, all from Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Heath currently resides and works from Washington D.C.