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Alexandra Bernadotte


Alexandra Bernadotte has been a Director of Cengage since January 2021. Ms. Bernadotte is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Beyond 12, a high-tech, high-touch nonprofit that integrates personalized coaching with mobile technology to increase the number of traditionally underserved students who graduate from college and who translate their degrees into meaningful employment and choice-filled lives. She has more than 18 years of executive management and strategic development experience in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Before creating Beyond 12 in 2009, she served as an Associate Partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, where she oversaw the firm's work to build community and share knowledge among its entrepreneurs. Ms. Bernadotte’s previous professional experience includes serving as Executive Director of The Princeton Review's Silicon Valley office; Executive Director of Foundation for a College Education, a nonprofit college access program; co-founder and Vice President of marketing at educational travel startup Explorica; Director of Operations at EF Education; and Operations Manager for a youth substance abuse prevention foundation at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Ms. Bernadotte currently serves on the board of directors of Great Oakland Public Schools and the board of advisors of Foundation for a College Education, the Magnuson Center for Entrepreneurship, and the Presidential Commission on Financial Aid at Dartmouth College. Ms. Bernadotte received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and earned a master's degree with a concentration in policy and organizational leadership from Stanford. University. She is an Ashoka Fellow, a Jefferson Award for Public Service winner, a Dartmouth College Social Justice Award and Stanford University Alumni Excellence in Education Award honoree.