The art of translation means everything to Alex. He knows how important it is to carefully and accurately convey meaning from one source to another, especially when the stakes are high. Fluent in the languages of software developers, policymakers, and laypeople alike, Alex can masterfully balance the most technical of work with the very tangible implications it has for real people.

At PSC, Alex uses these skills to provide project management support to Catamaran, a Michigan Department of Education–sponsored software system designed to track local school district compliance with federal special education laws and regulations. In his work, he translates client needs into clear goals and actionable plans, collaborates with project partners to deploy new modules and improvements on time, and ensures that products are designed with user needs in mind.

Prior to joining PSC, Alex worked at the Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance, where he developed and managed programs aimed at ending homelessness. He is also a founding board member of 3:11 Youth Housing, a nonprofit that provides housing to young adults without homes in Grand Rapids.

Email: akontras@publicsectorconsultants.com

A Little More…

Education: BA in Sociology from Calvin College and an MPA from Grand Valley State University

With PSC since: March 2018

PSC superpower: Listening first, clarifying second, and speaking third

Favorite part of working at PSC: Upholding its tradition of excellence

Why Michigan? The benefits of a rich culture without the pretension