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Alex Smith

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Founder of The Cares Family

Alex Smith founded The Cares Family and was CEO from 2011 until 2023. Under his leadership, the organization brought together 30,000 older and younger people to reduce loneliness and attitudinal polarization and to build solidarity across generations in times of change. Through this role, Alex helped shape the world's first government-level loneliness strategy which was launched by the former UK Prime Minister at a Cares Family event. Alex was an inaugural Obama Fellow in 2018 and is now Senior Development Advisor, Europe, at the Obama Foundation. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Times, The Economist, BBC News and The Chicago Tribune.

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