Alejandra Velazquez

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 Feb. 14, 2017
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In the Fall of 1978, I Got on a Bus From My White Neighborhood and Learned That Separate Is Not Equal

When it came time to get on the bus, some of my friends didn’t go with me. Their parents pulled them out of public school that year. Too disruptive, they said. Maybe too violent, they worried silently.…

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Posted Feb. 14, 2017
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These 5 Chicago Families Are Taking Illinois to Court and All I Can Say Is It’s About Time

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Just Listen to How People Talk About Their Favorite Teacher and You’ll See Why I #LoveTeaching

The following is an excerpt from Tom Rademacher’s book, It Won’t Be Easy: An Exceedingly Honest (and Slightly Unprofessional) Love Letter to Teaching. The book…

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