A first generation American and Angeleno, Alex’s parents immigrated to Historic Filipinotown forty years ago with the hope of giving their children opportunities they could have only dreamed of. Seven years later, Alex was born at Kaiser Permanente Hospital on Sunset Blvd.
Growing up, Alex’s family struggled to overcome various obstacles, including poverty, a new and different community and the loss of his father to cancer at an early age. Despite this adversity, Alex’s mother encouraged her children that, with hard work, determination and a little bit of luck, they could do better.
Alex attended John Marshall High School and put himself through college at California State University, Northridge by working at a youth entertainment apprenticeship program. He served as the California College and Young Democrats President and has been active in several Democratic clubs and organizations.
Alex’s love for his community, coupled with his firm Democratic ideals has now turned into his career. Alex has spent the last several years working for the Saban Family Foundation and oversees its $200 million endowment. Through his nonprofit and philanthropic work in the community, Alex has brought jobs and a better overall quality of life to our community.
Alex’s work with the Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Saban Free Clinic and his efforts to provide education scholarships and mentoring dedicated to women’s empowerment in the US and abroad has uniquely prepared him for his bid for Los Angeles City Council. At a time when 1.7 million Angelenos are without health care, the Saban Free Clinic is an invaluable resource to the community, providing preventive and primary care for those unable to afford it.
Outside of work, Alex has dedicated himself to being an active leader in the community as a former member of the Greater Griffith Park Neighborhood Council and previously serving on the boards of the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment and Grand Performances, which provides free performing arts programming to the City of Los Angeles.
Alex enjoys competitive running, cinema, and spending time with his 4 sisters and 14 nieces and nephews.