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July 17, 2015 40 Under Forty 2015

Alex Koenigsberg

Alex Koenigsberg

Age: 28

Title: Executive Director

Company: Creative Living Community of CT

Location: Manchester

Hometown: Coventry

College: Eastern CT State University


Serving as the executive director for Creative Living Community of CT (CLCC), Alex Koenigsberg is looking to address some of the problems facing the state. CLCC is working toward establishing Connecticut’s first farmstead community for people with and without developmental disabilities. Through this nonprofit community, they will provide housing for people with disabilities by also utilizing multiple revenue streams such as farm sales, events, micro businesses and rents. The hope is to give their community a level of financial independence from the state budget that is not currently realized by housing providers in Connecticut. They are able to showcase this vision through a greenhouse in Vernon where volunteers grow micro greens.

Koenigsberg has also served for three years on the board of directors for Hartford Food System, an organization working toward taking an entire food system approach toward addressing proper nutrition for Hartford residents.

Koenigsberg has also operated one of the country's largest dart tournaments for several years.


What three factors contributed to your success today? My family (both blood and marriage related) has supported me so that I am able to chase my dreams and pursue a career that I truly enjoy. I owe them everything because without their help there is no way that I would be as happy with my life as I am today.

My optimism and enthusiasm have helped me to chase wild dreams that others may have doubted. My motto has always been do everything you can to grasp an opportunity when it is presented because the right attitude can make the impossible possible.

Lastly is my passion. I've worked with many different people and it's always easy to tell those who are passionate about what they are doing. They are more cheerful, excited and have a desire to accomplish great things. I am lucky enough to combine my passion with my career, which changed something I once thought impossible. All of a sudden, Mondays aren't so bad.

The most important journey I have ever taken is….. My path from adolescence to adulthood. I never would have expected the numerous changes not only in my daily life but in my way of thinking. My priorities have realigned to better things. My (upcoming) marriage, family, close friends and community hold a special place in my heart. This journey is filled with surprises I never would have predicted.

Life's Journey:

During my off time, I am most passionate about…. Organic agriculture

Favorite foreign food? Pho, a Vietnamese soup

What is the most exciting destination you've ever traveled to? Yellowstone National Park

Where is the one place you want to travel in your lifetime? Galapagos Islands

Favorite Connecticut destination: Coventry Farmer's Market

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