After graduating from law school, Alix practiced civil litigation at Goodwin Procter and Hoar in the 1970’s. Politically active during the 1980’s and early 90’s, she served as an elected member of the Swampscott School Committee, both chairing the committee and being a member of its bargaining subcommittee. Alix was the finance director for the Evelyn Murphy Committee and was Lt. Gov. Murphy’s chief of staff. Over the next few years, she organized conferences, and managed campaigns and raised funds for many Democratic women candidates.
In 1994, Alix joined the development office at the Harvard School of Public Health. Through her 20-year career at Harvard, she held senior positions in the development office as well as serving as chief of staff to Barry R. Bloom during his 10 years as dean. These positions called upon a broad set of skills in strategic planning, academic administration, project management, personnel management, and relationship building – working with faculty, administrators, staff, and donors.
Since leaving Harvard, Alix has had the opportunity to pursue an area that has always been of great interest to her. “I was fairly convinced when I practiced law that ‘I’ll see you in court’ was not the best approach to many disputes and nothing in my experience since then has dissuaded me from this point of view,” she commented, adding, “This can be especially true in the area of housing where people have to deal with each other on an ongoing basis – or move!”
Alix has trained as a mediator with the Community Dispute Settlement Center and continues actively to increase her training and experience in the field. She is committed to expanding the awareness and use of meditation. She brings to the Good Neighbor Mediation Project her rich life experiences and professional expertise honed over decades of work in public, private and academic settings.