Alejandra is committed to promoting the welfare and success of immigrant communities, especially immigrant children and youth. Recognizing that this requires thoughtful policy design and implementation across a variety of systems, Alejandra focuses her training in policy analysis toward evaluating programs and uncovering needs for a breadth of RDA clientele ranging from school districts, city and county agencies, to local non-profit collaboratives. As a Research Associate, she contributes her data analysis and visualization skills and mixed methods research to social service projects.
Prior to RDA, Alejandra worked as an education policy researcher for a national coalition of school districts, where she coauthored and led research for a publication revealing structural factors affecting English Language Learners’ achievement across U.S. urban school districts. Since arriving to the Bay Area, she has worked with the Association of Bay Area Governments to assess available services to Unaccompanied Immigrant Children in the region, and with the City of San Jose’s Office of Immigrant Affairs to inform the strategic planning for the city’s Immigrant Integration plan. She also acquired international experience as a Duke Global Policy fellow for the International Organization for Migration.