Alex Atkinson

Adjunct Faculty
MA in Nonprofit Management


BA in Theatre, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts
MSW, Hunter College School of Social Work

Alex’s career in non-profit work started 25 years ago in New York City at an arts and leadership organization called CityKids. After earning a BA in Theater from NYU and an MSW degree in Social Work Administration from Hunter College, he worked at a Foster Family Agency in the Bronx as the Supervisor of the Adolescent Unit. From there he moved to Oakland, California and served as the Director of Program Operations at an organization providing mentoring, respite and youth programs to kinship youth.

He then became the Director of Programs at First Place for Youth (a transitional housing program for former foster youth) in Oakland, then moved to LA to run their LA office. He now works as the Senior Director of the LA Field Office for Casey Family Programs, which provides secondary case management to families in the foster care system, and systems improvement services to Riverside and LA County’s Child Welfare Systems. Our mission is to provide, improve and ultimately prevent the need for foster care.

At every step of the way, he increased the quantity of youth served, improved the quality of services, and most importantly, earned the respect of both staff and clients. He places a premium on relationships and communication skills, and works to provide staff and clients with the resources they need to succeed in achieving the organization’s mission and their own personal and professional goals. He promises to share his successes and failures with you in order to improve your knowledge, values and skills in the non-profit management realms.