The Executive Director of Pilot Light in Chicago, Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn joins us to talk about using hip hop to address public health problems, the key metrics Pilot Light uses to build better programming, and why it’s so important to create a culture of food education in our schools.
Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn is the Executive Director of Pilot Light and is responsible for leading development of Pilot Light’s vision and strategic goals. Pilot Light currently works with 80 teachers across 17 Chicago schools to train teachers in using food to help students connect to existing curriculum, their classmates, and their communities.
Prior to Pilot Light, Alex was on the faculty at Columbia University’s Neurological Institute, where she managed two federally-funded community-based studies and co-founded Hip Hop Public Health, a New York City-based nonprofit. A graduate of Bryn Mawr College, she earned her Master of Public Health degree and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. An upstate New York native, Alex currently lives in the Chicago area with her husband and young son.