Speaker

Alexandra Valdez

Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Women’s Advancement

City of Boston

Biography

Born in La Vega, Dominican Republic, Alexandra immigrated to the United States at the age of ten. Here in Boston, she established herself as a committed community activist and experienced advocate for civic participation through her work for the City of Boston.

Alexandra currently serves as the Executive Director of Mayor Wu Office of Women’s Advancement.in this role Alexandra leads work a first-in-the-nation approach to closing the
gender pay gaps. Reducing demand for sex-buying and trafficking. Programming for women entrepreneurs. Financial and technical support for the childcare workforce and research on childcare needs and preferences of working families.

Prior to joining Women’s advancement, Alexandra served as the Engagement Director of the City of Boston’s Economic Mobility Lab, Alexandra also served as the Latina Liaison as well as the neighborhood coordinator for Jamaica Plain. In addition, Alexandra volunteers her time as the President of FUNDOARCU, a Dominican nonprofit in Boston that elevates Civic Engagement, arts and culture in the Dominican Community.

Prior to joining the Wu administration, Alexandra has served as a field organizer for Boston City Councilor Matt O’Malley 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);and public relations coordinator for the Hyde/Jackson Merchant Association

Alexandra also 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 Young women leadership program for the Dominican Festival for two consecutive years, serving as a role model for other young Dominican women in the community. As exemplified by her experience, Alexandra has always had a strong passion to improve the lives of women, young people and her community.

Alexandra holds a masters degree from Suffolk University 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. Currently Alexandra lives in Hyde Park with her 5 Month old baby boy and partner.

Awards and Recognitions

• President of FUNDOARCU nonprofit Organization ( Dominican Foundation of Arts and Culture)
• Honoree of El Mundo Boston 30 under 30 Boston Most influential Latinos 2019
• Honoree Youth Leader 2018 LULAC Evolution
• Honoree of IBA 50 for 50 2018
• Honoree El Planeta NewsPaper 30 under 30 2017
• Elected as Director of Youth for FundoArcu ( Dominican Foundation of Arts and Culture 2017-2021
• Appointed as a Board Member for the City on a Hill Public Charter School Board of Trustees Sept 2017 Present
• Fitchburg State University Recipient 2015 of the “29 Who Shine Award” by Massachusetts Department of Higher Education