A native Angeleno, Alejandra Campoverdi was raised by a single mother and by her grandmother who immigrated to the United States from Mexico. Growing up, Alejandra experienced firsthand the struggles many families in our district still face today: unemployment and poverty, lack of access to quality education and affordable healthcare, and the heartbreak of an immigration system and a juvenile justice system in desperate need of compassionate reform.
Guided by the example set by her mother and grandmother, Alejandra worked diligently to challenge the potential limitations of her upbringing, and committed herself to forging a path towards education and public service. With the help of various nonprofits and pipeline programs, she attended Saint Monica School for thirteen years, then graduated cum laude from the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at USC.
Alejandra’s passionate commitment to advocate for the advancement of underrepresented communities led to her work for The California Endowment’s Agricultural Worker Health Initiative, where she worked to improve the health and living conditions of California’s agricultural workers. Alejandra went on to receive her Master of Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Upon graduating from Harvard, Alejandra joined then-Senator Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign for the presidency, living off her credit card while working on outreach to various constituency groups, including the Latino community. Alejandra was then appointed to
serve as a White House aide to President Obama during the first four years of the Administration, initially in the West Wing as Special Assistant to the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and later as the first White House Deputy Director of Hispanic Media in history.
Dedicated to elevating the stories of communities that are many times ignored in media, Alejandra went on to serve as Senior Advisor for Innovation and Communications Strategy for Univision Network News, where she also worked on the team that launched Fusion. She then joined the Los Angeles Times where she was Managing Editor of #EmergingUS and later Director of Multicultural Content.
Alejandra currently serves on the Advisory Board of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, the Executive Advisory Board of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. She is a volunteer teacher for Inside Out Writers, through which she teaches a weekly creative writing class to incarcerated youth in Los Angeles’ Central Juvenile Hall.
Alejandra lives in Downtown Los Angeles.