Alejandra Velazquez

Managing Director of Government Affairs, Teach for America

Sacramento, California

Alejandra Velázquez has more than 10 years of experience working on public policy issues targeting educational inequity in working class communities of color. As the managing director of government affairs for Teach For America in California, Alejandra has been instrumental in devising a statewide policy agenda and engagement strategy to ensure that the voices of the organization’s teachers and students are heard in Sacramento.

Prior to joining Teach For America, Alejandra led external and government affairs for the Children’s Hospital of Dallas. She was the education policy manager for the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce where she promoted the expansion of the linked learning approach to education to ensure that all students graduate college and career ready.

She started her career working for Fabian Núñez during his tenure as speaker of the California Assembly as his field deputy and liaison on education issues. A graduate of James A. Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, she has B.A. in history from Yale University and a J.D. with a concentration in public interest law and policy from University of California, Los Angeles School of Law.

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Posted Aug. 22, 2017

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

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