Resource Development Associates

Alejandra Barrio, M.P.P.

Research Associate

Alejandra is a trained policy analyst with professional history in immigration policy, K-12 education, and regional planning fields. She is passionate about strengthening policies and local planning to better serve the needs of vulnerable populations, especially immigrant children and youth. At RDA, she conducts mixed-methods research to facilitate collaboration and systems improvement for clients spanning the social services, workforce system, and education domains. Alejandra is skilled in data visualization, qualitative review, and bilingual facilitation, and is adept at parsing through layered jurisdictions to identify needs and opportunities.

Prior to RDA, Alejandra worked as an education policy researcher for a national coalition of school districts, where she coauthored and conducted 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 has also acquired international experience as a Duke Global Policy fellow for the International Organization for Migration.


  • Master of Public Policy / Master of Arts, International and Area Studies – University of California, Berkeley
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Political Science – The George Washington University

Select Projects

  • Metropolitan Transportation Commission: TOT Dashboard (Data Visualization)
  • San Francisco Department of Adult and Aging Services: Dignity Fund Community Needs Assessment
  • San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community: Consolidated Planning Outreach and Engagement
  • Chevron San Joaquin Valley Business Unit: Social Investment Education and Workforce Development Research
  • Chevron Richmond Economic Revitalization Initiative: eQuip Richmond Evaluation
  • Mount Diablo Unified School District: Afterschool for all Evaluation