Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn

Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn is the Executive Director of Pilot Light, a Chicago-based nonprofit that partners chefs and teachers to build Common Core-compatible curriculum on food basics.  Alex began her career at Harlem Hospital in New York City, where she was deeply 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 contemporary urban music genres to facilitate healthy behavior change among communities with the Hip Hop Public Health team.  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 before coming to Pilot Light.  In 2014, she was recognized by the Society for Public Health Education as one of 30 Under 30 in Health Education and in 2015 she received the Society’s Oberteuffer Scholarship, which recognizes a doctoral student in health education whose work promises to advance the health of children and youth.  Alex is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and earned her Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.  She is currently a doctoral candidate at Teachers College of Columbia University.