Originally from Miami, Alexius studied Political Science at Emory University, where he focused his honors thesis research on the relationship between gentrification and the incidence of guilty verdicts in felony jury trials. He also worked at Emory’s Center for Community Partnerships, where he helped conduct research on the effectiveness of the Atlanta Housing Authority’s allocation of housing choice vouchers and Move-to-Work federal grant money.
After graduating from Emory, Alexius became a Research Fellow at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. His projects at Kinder included: working with local community organizations to prevent long-term resident displacement in Houston’s gentrifying 3rd ward, analyzing Houston’s de facto zoning system operating within a collection of municipal ordinances, and working with local elected officials to study and reform Harris County’s bail system.
Alexius has served as a Congressional Intern for Florida Congressman, Joe Garcia, as well as in the transition team for Kim Ogg, Harris County’s District Attorney. He also volunteers with Texas Gun Sense, a nonprofit that aims to pass universal background checks and other commonsense gun safety legislation in the State of Texas.