Alexander Meeks


Alex supports the design and implementation of policies to promote inclusive economic development, decarbonization, and climate change adaptation in cities.

As a principal based in the New York office, Alex specializes in the intersection between bold climate action and equitable approaches to economic development. Hand in hand with philanthropy and state and local government, he provides technical assistance to help underserved communities—including rural communities and underserved urban areas—tap into federal funding to deploy infrastructure and investments that drive economic development. For government and private-sector institutions, he guides the planning of projects that integrate decarbonization with inclusive economic development in order to ensure investments in renewable energy and the green economy generate benefits for all. To inform financial decision-making and infrastructure funding strategy, he evaluates and narrates the economic and social impacts of climate risks and climate adaptation investments for residents, businesses, property owners, and local governments. And he advises major government and community anchor institutions on ways to support the growth and longevity of small and disadvantaged businesses via equitable procurement, affordable capital access, technical assistance and training, and other interventions.

Prior to joining HR&A, Alex managed contracts on behalf of New York State and local government clients in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, supporting New York Rising recovery and resilience programs targeting housing, infrastructure, small business, and post-disaster economic development.

Alex holds a Masters in Urban Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as well as a Sustainability Certificate from the MIT Sloan School of Business. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Yale University.