Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn is the Executive Director of Pilot Light and is responsible for leading development of Pilot Light’s vision and strategic goals. Alex began her career at Harlem Hospital in New York City, where she was engaged in public health education for urban, underserved communities. Recognizing the power of the creative arts to reach people, she began to develop and implement public health programming that harnessed music to facilitate healthy behavior change among communities. Alex went on to help found Hip Hop Public Health, a New York City-based nonprofit that uses hip hop music focused on health to educate and engage children and their families, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. She has also served as a member of the faculty at Columbia University’s Neurological Institute, where she managed two federally-funded community-based studies. Alex is currently the Trustee for Publications for the Society for Public Health Education, from which she received the Oberteuffer Scholarship in 2015, which recognizes a doctoral student in health education whose work promises to advance the health of children and youth. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, Alex earned her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She also holds a doctorate in health education from Teachers College of Columbia University.
An upstate New York native, Alex currently lives in the Chicago area with her husband and young son.