Alex Lofton is a Vice President with 270 Strategies and leads the firm’s San Francisco-based operations. Alex served most recently as the GOTV Director of Cleveland, Ohio for the 2012 re-election campaign of President Barack Obama.
Alex launched his career in politics in 2007 during the primary election campaign of then-Senator Obama – first as a field assistant based in the organization’s Chicago headquarters and later working with Jeremy Bird and Betsy Hoover as a member of the South Carolina field team. During the 2008 general election, he served as the Georgia State Field Director and then as a GOTV Director in the battleground state of Ohio. In 2009, Alex worked with several members of the 270 Strategies team to launch Organizing for America – the grassroots organization born out of the 2008 campaign and dedicated to supporting the President’s policy initiatives. He has been ranked among The Root’s “Talented Ten” and called “a prized national organizer.”
Originally hailing from a Microsoft boom-town outside of Seattle, Alex is especially passionate about working with “startup” organizations – he has served as Managing Director of a small nonprofit called Groundswell, Inc., and worked in Business Development for two tech companies, Organizer Inc. and NationalField. He believes both non-profit and for-profit organizations can benefit from using grassroots organizing strategies to help meet their goals.
Alex earned his B.A. in political science and global health from Northwestern University where he got his first taste of organizing and community mobilizing while on campus. Alex is a self-described life entrepreneur and designer – at just eight years old, he started his first business collecting his neighbors’ recycling in a Red Flyer Wagon for a small fee. He’s a fan of everything outdoors, loves live music, and travels abroad every chance he gets.
Follow him on Twitter: @alexlofton.