Alex Howard, Division Six

Alex was born and raised here in Nashville. She grew up in West Nashville and attended public schools across the city: Hull-Jackson Montessori in North Nashville, Meigs Magnet in East Nashville, and Hume-Fogg downtown. She went on to receive her B.A. in Africana Studies from Oberlin College.

Alex has written articles for The Nashville Scene, co-facilitated an autobiography class at a men’s prison in Ohio, and interned with the ACLU’s Jails Project in Los Angeles. Before returning to Nashville, Alex fulfilled a longtime dream of moving to San Francisco, where she ran an advocacy and leadership program for homeless youth at a local nonprofit. Because of her innovative restructuring of this program, she was selected to present at the 2015 National Runaway and Homeless Youth Grantees Conference. While living in the Bay Area and working in this capacity, Alex witnessed the harrowing effects of gentrification and realized she had a duty to live and work in her own community, leading her back to Nashville and into her role as a criminal defense investigator with the Nashville Defenders.