Emerging Young Leader Award

Alexandra Knowles


From November 2013 through January 15th, 2014, we asked: Are you a young woman who dreams of leading in politics? Or do you know one? After receiving almost 300 nominations of young women with demonstrated leadership ability and a passion to change the world, we’ve carefully chosen the 10 most outstanding nominees to be our semifinalists. Now it’s their turn. These 10 young women have a chance to get everyone voting so that they can become one of the 5 finalists. Our 5 finalists will be great role models for their peers, tireless advocates for the causes they care about, and leaders in all areas of their lives. Running Start will feature the finalists at our 8th Annual Women to Watch Awards in Washington, DC on April 2, 2014. The Finalists will share the stage with four high-powered women leaders who Running Start will also honor. The winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony.


Alexandra Knowles headshot Name: Alexandra Knowles
Age: 21
From: Dorchester, Massachusetts
Claim to fame: I filed my first piece of legislation at 17.

Why Alexandra is an Emerging Young Leader?

About Alexandra: I love people. The joy I get from seeing people succeed is what drives me. I have been working for low-income families since I was 15, and had the privilege to write my own state legislation at the age of 17. The bill, although it has not been easy to pass, has confirmed my desire to run for office in the future. If one bill can impact over 300,000 families, imagine the impact of a lifetime’s work.

Why Alexandra is an Emerging Young Leader:  My passion is to serve people and policy is how I love to serve. My bill to limit check cashing fees will save low-income families in Massachusetts hundreds of dollars a year. My role as a board member of a community non-profit has allowed me to champion for economic development since I was 15. My fellow board members will tell you that I am constantly pushing for the very best in everything we do and I am constantly pushing boundaries. I love creating effective solutions to complex problems and finding people who will fight alongside me.

My father always says, “The worst they can say is ‘no’” and that’s one of the rules by which I live. When people ask me what I want to be when I grow up, I simply say “President.” Because the US could say no to me–or I could be the next President of the United States.

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