Alphonse joined the Hester Street team to support the organization’s development, fundraising and communications strategies. He brings with him experience in marketing, partnerships, PR and business development across the nonprofit, startup and corporate sectors. He’s passionate about urban and community development and is excited to support Hester Street’s range of planning projects and programs.

Alphonse graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in Urban Studies and earned his MSc in Urbanization & Development from the London School of Economics. At the LSE, he conducted fieldwork in Copenhagen to explore the impact of climate adaptation strategies on local communities. He previously worked for Citymart, a public procurement innovation startup; Endeavor, an NGO that supports high-impact entrepreneurs worldwide; and Ruder Finn, a global communications agency.