Alex Linkow

Senior Associate, Impact Investment CLF Massachusetts

Alex Linkow is the Senior Associate of Impact Investment at Conservation Law Foundation. In this role, Alex works with the CLF Ventures team and its partners to grow thriving New England communities by developing and deploying market-based solutions to address the region’s social and environmental challenges, with a specific focus on creating impact investment approaches.

Prior to joining CLF, Alex managed Fair Food Network’s Fair Food Fund, which provides financing and business assistance to good food enterprises growing community health and wealth in the Northeastern US. Since 2013, the Fair Food Fund has provided over $3.7 million of financing and business assistance to more than eighty good food enterprises across nine states. With support from the Fair Food Fund, these enterprises have supported more than 1300 farms, created over 155 jobs, and purchased nearly $28 million of local food. From 2008 to 2011, as a graduate student in the University of Michigan’s Erb Institute MBA/MS program, Alex focused on sustainable food systems, social entrepreneurship, and marketing strategy. Before joining the Erb program, he spent four years managing marketing communications at Clivus Multrum, a leading manufacturer of composting toilet systems based in Lawrence, MA.

Alex also serves on the Advisory Board of Fresh Food Generation, a Dorchester, MA-based catering, café, and food truck business serving delicious locally sourced food and improving healthy food access in Greater Boston. In his free time, Alex can often be found in the backyard grilling, talking with his wife, and trying to keep up with their two young children.

Recent Posts

6 Ways to Make Vermont’s Climate Action Plan Better
Transformational. Game-changing. Equitable. When Vermont unveils its Climate Action Plan in December, let’s make sure those are the words used to describe it – because there’s a lot resting on the outcome. The climate crisis is already here. Droughts and extreme weather are more common, putting stress on our water, land, and communities. Will the…
Our Explainer on What Just Happened on the Boston Waterfront
In early April, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge threw out a 2018 state plan intended to guide development along a section of Boston’s waterfront that stretches from Long Wharf to the old Northern Avenue Bridge. The process that led to that Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan violated decades-old laws governing the city’s waterfront – including…
Here’s What a Clean, Equitable Future Should Look Like in New England
An earlier version of this article was posted in October 2020. We all have a vision of what we want for our community. But the harsh reality is that those of us who live in low-income, immigrant, and communities of color have less agency to create that vision than those of us in whiter, wealthier…
What Do We Mean by Environmental Justice?
An earlier version of this article was posted in October 2020. For decades, low-income, immigrant, and communities of color across New England have been overburdened by air pollution from power plants, congested highways, and industrial facilities. These same burdens resulted in COVID-19 and its associated economic crisis taking a much heavier toll on these communities…
Building Communities That Thrive: A Conversation with Dr. Thea James
In the United States, your zip code is a powerful predictor of how long you live. For someone in Newton, Massachusetts, life expectancy extends well into the 90s. But drive just an hour south to New Bedford, and you’ll find it drops to an average of just 68 years old.  It’s tempting to boil down…


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