Alex serves as the System Architect for the Smarter Balanced suite of open source applications. In this position, Alex collaborates with the contracted software developers to ensure that the open source applications are built within the specifications outlined by Smarter Balanced. Alex oversees the content of the open source repositories and the specifications located on SmarterApp.org. As an alumnus of UCLA, Alex has spent the past 15 years as a software developer, database administrator and project lead, developing a wide variety of business applications. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.