Alejandro Amezcua’s research examines the microeconomic effect of government policies on new ventures and small businesses. He recently completed the first National Census of Business Incubators and their Tenants, a longitudinal database that tracks the performance of more than 19,000 incubated businesses in the United States. His dissertation—Boon or Boondoggle? Business Incubation as Entrepreneurship Policy—investigates the effectiveness of incubation policy and examines which features of incubators contribute to business success.
Previously, Amezcua worked for the National Council of Nonprofit Associations as associate director for communications and outreach where he improved public understanding of the nonprofit sector, educated nonprofits on the ethics, effectiveness, and accountability, and forged stronger alliances with government, corporations, and foundations. He also worked for the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation where he supported grantmaking that addressed race relations and the management capacity of the nonprofit sector.
Amezcua holds a PhD and an MPA in public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He is also a former Jane Addams Fellow in Philanthropy where he studied nonprofit management and fundraising at Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy. He holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology and comparative studies in race and ethnicity from Stanford University.
"Boon or Boondoggle? Business Incubation as Entrepreneurship Policy," 2010, unpublished manuscript.