Alexandra Dwyer is driven to transform York through culture and commerce.
Her story of community development started in 2009, when she began hosting art shows in the unfurnished house she shared with roommates in an underdeveloped neighborhood in York City.
By 2010, she launched The Parliament Arts Organization to showcase the growing consortium of emerging artists.
Soon, the neighborhood now known as Royal Square exploded with talent and energy as vacant storefronts were transformed into unique shops and galleries.
Under Alex’s leadership, and with the hard work and support of community leaders, The Parliament has quickly evolved into a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with an annual budget of $275,000.
Last year alone, the Parliament’s cultural programming brought over 20,000 people into York City to experience the arts. The Parliament’s four signature events have become staples of Downtown York’s art scene.
In 2011, Alex joined other community leaders to develop The Bond, a 45,000 square-foot warehouse in the heart of the city. As a part of the leadership team, Alex helped raise over $1.5 million to renovate this warehouse into a brewery, event venue, and two commercial office spaces. Since its inception, The Bond has hosted over 100 events and is currently fully leased to three area companies.
In 2012, Alex founded Redeux Marketplace, a store specializing in handmade and vintage clothing, furniture, and home decor. Redeux is the home of over 40 vendors and has quickly become a destination for locals and out-of-town shoppers with an affinity for high-quality vintage items.
An avid traveler, Alex has explored twenty countries and 40 U.S. states. A native of York, her passion for travel is deeply rooted in her thirst for new ideas to bring home.
Alex is guided by her travel inspiration and her intuitive business sense. As a fundraiser, promoter, and strategic leader, she has a unique ability to energize the community for progress. She is passionate about producing sustainable economic activity and retaining the talent of the next generation by fostering a thriving urban center.