2021 40 Under 40 award recipient: Jamon Alexander

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Jamon Alexander. Courtesy 616 Media

Jamon Alexander, 37

President, CEO

West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology

Jamon Alexander’s desire to impact Grand Rapids has only strengthened during the past year as he stepped into a new leadership role.

Alexander became president and CEO of West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) in March, following in the footsteps of last year’s 40 Under 40 Distinguished Alumnus and keynote speaker Daniel Williams.

Previously, Alexander served for six years as WMCAT’s director of workforce development.

“To me, this work is personal,” he said. “WMCAT’s Teen Arts + Tech Program is engaging teens (who) walk the high school halls I once walked. Our Adult Career Training Program is helping families like the one I grew up in move toward economic security through meaningful employment. Our Step Year program provides a space for young adults with big ideas to find their unique post-secondary pathway.”

Alexander’s greatest motivation is to correct systemic discrimination in Grand Rapids by providing equitable access to opportunity. He serves as co-founder, board co-chair and community outreach chair of Business Leaders Linked to Encourage New Directions (BL2END), as a member of the Grand Rapids Chamber’s Create Great Leaders Advisory Council and as a board member with the city of Grand Rapids’ Board of Zoning Appeals.

He previously was involved with Invest Health, a national collaborative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that brings together stakeholders to address social determinants of health; the Equity Action Team for the Essential Needs Task Force (ENTF), Kent County’s workforce development system; and the Equity Advisory Team for KConnect’s 4th-12th grade workgroup.

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