Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn is the Executive Director of Pilot Light and is responsible for leading the development of Pilot Light’s vision and strategic goals.
Alex began her career at Harlem Hospital in New York City, where she became involved in a program called “Hip Hop Stroke”, a school-based program that teaches the signs and symptoms of stroke through hip hop music. Seeing the power of music to facilitate healthy behavior change among youth, families, and communities, she went on to join the research faculty of the Neurological Institute at Columbia University, where she managed two federally-funded community-based studies focused on healthy behavior change through the creative arts. Alex has served as a Trustee for the Society for Public Health Education and on the Board of Directors of Hip Hop Public Health.
A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Alex earned her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in epidemiology from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and a doctorate in health education from Teachers College of Columbia University. She was a 2018 fellow of the University of Chicago’s Civic Leadership Academy.
An upstate New York native, Alex currently lives in the Chicago area with her husband, Tom, and three young children: Tommy, Oliver and Poppy.