Alejandra is a policy entrepreneur at Next100 and an educational equity and immigration justice advocate. At Next100, Alejandra’s work focuses on expanding systemic academic, social, and emotional supports for K–12 immigrant students—especially newcomers—and multilingual learners. She will also work to elevate immigrant student voice in system-level decision-making, drawing on her teaching experience in Miami–Dade County Public Schools.
After her time in the classroom, Alejandra became an education policy consultant at the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and a project manager at the Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL). While at the NYIC, she partnered with the New York City Department of Education to advocate for improved English Language Learner (ELL) services in remote learning and summer programming, and to expand immigrant family outreach and engagement across the city. At CPRL, Alejandra co-authored a report highlighting systemic academic, social, and emotional supports available for highly mobile military families in schools and produced family and community engagement plans for three school districts in Connecticut for the 2021–22 academic year. Additionally, Alejandra volunteers with ImmSchools, facilitating “Know Your Rights in School” sessions for immigrant students and families in NYC and providing educators and school administrators with information and tools to adequately support undocumented and mixed-status families. Alejandra is a proud product of Mexican immigrants and holds a bachelor’s degree from Claremont McKenna College and a master’s from Columbia University.