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El Mundo Boston 2018.

ALEXANDRA VALDEZ

Director of Engagement, Economic Mobility Lab at City Of Boston

Age: 27

Heritage: Dominican

 

Born in La Vega, Dominican Republic, Alexandra immigrated to the United States at the age of ten.  She always had a desire and the drive to improve the lives of the youth and the communities around them. In what could be described as only the beginning of her professional life, Alexandra Valdez has already established herself as a committed community activist and experienced advocate for civic participation. 

 

Alexandra Valdez currently works in Mayor Walsh’s office as the Director of Engagement for the Economic Mobility Lab. Prior to joining the Economic Mobility Lab, Alex served as the Latina Liaison as well as the Coordinator for the Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Additionally, Alexandra serves as the Director of the Youth for FUNDOARCU, a Dominican nonprofit in Boston. 

 

Prior to joining the Walsh administration, Alexandra has served as:

  • Field organizer for Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley’s reelection campaign in 2014, and later as his Latino Liaison

  • An intern for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus in Washington, D.C. working with Latino youth

  • A fundraiser and coordinator for RAINN (Rape Abuse and Incest National Network)

  • public relations coordinator for the Hyde/Jackson Merchant Association

Alexandra has served as a Public Information Officer for the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department where she provided outreach and information to the Latino community, and assisted in the coordination of civic engagement events and programs for the Department.

 

Alexandra began her journey in higher education at Mass Bay College and continued on to earn her Bachelor’s Degree from Fitchburg State University. During this time, her involvement included Student Government, Chair/President of her class (2015), and Student Alumni Liaison, among others. Furthermore, Alexandra worked as the Director of the Dominican Pageant for the Dominican Festival for two consecutive years, serving as a role model for other young Dominican women in the community. 

 

Currently Alexandra attends Suffolk University where she is pursuing her Masters in Public Administration. For Alexandra, being Latina means strength, power and most all courage. Her Dominican roots remind her never to forget where she came from but most of all to always give back to the community. Her family is her every day strength and gives her the ability to work hard every day to help others.