Alex Werth is an urban geographer with 10 years of experience working to promote just development in the Bay Area. Owing to his ancestral experience of diaspora and displacement as an Ashkenazi Jew, he’s committed to working in solidarity with the communities most impacted by systems of oppression to protect the places they called sacred—starting with home. Since moving to the East Bay in 2009, he’s worked on issues of affordable housing and anti-displacement at Bay Area Economics, the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, and the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Division. In 2019, he received a PhD in Geography from UC Berkeley, where he researched the longstanding role of music and dance in campaigns to empower, but also police, Oakland’s working-class communities of color. Outside of work, he’s a DJ and event producer who loves to build joyful spaces for communal connection on the dance floor.
As Policy Associate, Alex is excited to work in collaboration with EBHO’s members, residents, and allies to advance structural solutions for housing justice across the region!