Alexandra De Kesel Lofthus, MA

What is your current role?

Currently, I am on a mini-sabbatical to explore and shape the next phase of my life. I am using the time and distance from full-time work to reflect on what is important to me at this stage of my life and be curious about new opportunities that are presenting themselves. It has been insightful to find what I am drawn to and what is no longer negotiable for me and my family. My passion for Social Drivers of Health (SDOH) and cross-sector collaboration to improve the lives of individuals and communities remains strong and I’m excited to continue to serve in this space in potentially new ways. Having the time to network with incredible people, learn, attend community events and travel has inspired and re-energized me in ways I deeply needed. I am also committed to giving back by serving as the President of the Board of Directors for WellShare International, co-leading a national working group on SDOH, mentoring, and volunteering at local organizations.

Why did you join the TRUST?

I initially joined the TRUST in 2016 to broaden my network and for professional development. I also wanted to learn more about the health care industry and all the various roles, directly and indirectly, that existed in supporting health and well-being. I needed to take a break during COVID and rejoined the TRUST last year. It is wonderful to be back re-connecting with past members and meeting new ones.

What has been your favorite part of being a TRUST member?

I was selected to participate in the Mentorship Program when I first joined. Through the program, I met a few fabulous women who have remained an integral part of my life, not just my work life. The people, the support and all the learnings helped me become a better person and leader. The relationships I developed during this program and as part of the TRUST are truly unique gifts.

What one word would you use to summarize what the TRUST means to you?


What is the best career advice you’ve received?

So much great advice has already been shared by TRUST members! I will add one that took me some time to learn and implement. That is, to pause and celebrate the small wins. If we only focus on the few big wins, we lose the chance to acknowledge the impactful work we do daily and give kudos to our amazing colleagues.

How do you support other women in their leadership journey?

I strongly encourage women to think about who they want to be as leaders, what kind of support they need and to let others help them. My goal is to be there for them in whatever way they need and to challenge them to carve out their own unique and authentic journey, especially through the scary and uncomfortable times.

What do you love the most about the health care industry?

The interconnectedness within and with other sectors and how together we can make a positive impact on the lives of those we care for.

How do you maintain or improve your health and well-being?

I am an avid outdoor runner, no matter the season. For me, going out for a run meets so many of my needs. Being outside breathing the fresh air, running solo or with friends, taking the time to think, to be there for a friend or to listen to an audiobook. Running also encourages me to eat healthier and helps me sleep better. Those who know me know I have a bit of energy, and running burns it off and helps me focus. This year, I will be doing my first international trail run, combining my loves for running, travel and friends.

What’s one thing you can’t live without?

Dog snuggles.