Trendsetter to Know: Alex Stavros, Chief Executive Officer at Embark Behavioral Health

Name: Alex Stavros

Twitter: @embarkbh 

Facebook: @embarkbh 

Instagram: @embark_bh 


Age: 42

Title: Chief Executive Officer

Married/Single: Married

Kids: 2, both in Elementary

City you live in: Chandler

A typical day in my life includes… waking up early, getting in some reading, exercise, quiet time, and a few moments with my kids and wife before their day starts. Then I’m off to the office where I spend my time working with the most inspiring teammates to reverse the youth mental health crisis.

I was born… in Minnesota, grew up in Peru

My favorite thing about Arizona… is the weather

I’m listening to… Jason Isbell

My family… is most important, after my relationship with Jesus

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be… with my wife, Maria-Paz

One thing I cannot live without… is forgiveness

When I was younger, I wanted to be… Jean Claude Van Damme

I’m inspired by… anyone who is doing or has done hard things, and is serving others

The one person who motivates me is… forget motivation, discipline is freedom

If I could change anything in the world, it would be… more compassion

The perfect day would be… in heaven

My first job was… a bus boy

My favorite escape… is to our small Payson cabin with family

My life… is focused on “integration” vs. striving for a “work-life” balance 

I’m currently working on… doing better and being better in all areas of life

Always…make the most of what you have 

Never… say never

Favorite Quote… But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.

Biggest Dream… is to reverse the youth mental health crisis

My Pet Peeve(s)… is a can’t do attitude because anything is possible

Bio-on yourself/company: Alex Stavros is the chief executive officer at Embark Behavioral Health, a national organization that has set out on a big goal to reverse our nation’s youth mental health crisis. For more than a decade, the team and organization he serves has been committed to addressing the mental health challenges of America’s youths. Prior to Embark, Alex was the founder and managing partner of a social investment fund focused on acquiring and leading mission-driven businesses. While at Stanford University, he earned a master’s degree specializing in social entrepreneurship and a public management certificate. He was also a rising fellow at the Hoover Institution, a world-renowned public policy think tank. Prior to graduate school he worked for a consulting firm to endowments and foundations. At American University he studied international relations and economic theory. Alex’s childhood shaped his professional and personal aspirations. As the son of missionaries, Alex grew up in Peru, living and playing alongside the youths and orphans of Lima. Alex is passionate about the topic of happiness versus joy and the idea of using business as a force for good ─ how “doing good” is good business. 

Embark Behavioral Health is a leading network of outpatient centers and residential programs offering premier mental health treatment for preteens, teens, and young adults. Dedicated to its mission of reversing the trends of teen and young adult anxiety, depression, and suicide by 2028, Embark offers a robust continuum of care with different levels of service and programming; has a deep legacy of over 25 years serving youth; works with families to adjust treatment in real time to improve results; treats the entire family using an evidence-based approach; and offers the highest levels of quality care and safety standards. For more information about Embark or its treatment programs, including virtual counseling, intensive outpatient programs (IOPs), therapeutic day treatment programs, also known as partial hospitalization programs (PHPs), short-term residential treatment, wilderness therapy, and long-term residential treatment, visit

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