Alexandra Valdes (Tlingit & Athabascan) has dedicated her career to working for organizations that empower American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Prior to joining the Los Angeles City-County Native American Indian Commission as the Executive Director she worked for her Alaska Native Regional Corporation, Sealaska. In her role she developed, implemented and managed educational and professional development programs and opportunities for tribal member shareholders and descendants. Previously, she served as a project assistant at the Seattle Indian Health Board’s Urban Indian Health Institute, a tribal epidemiology center that focuses on the national urban AI/AN population. In her role she provided support to various AI/AN specific public health projects that affect the urban AI/AN population and the network of Urban Indian Health Programs.
During her graduate studies she interned for Haa Aani, a Southeast Alaska based non-profit Community Development Financial Institution committed to creating sustainable economic opportunities for Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian people. Alexandra previously was a First Nations Futures Fellow at Stanford University and a Barbara Jordan Health Policy Fellow with the Kaiser Family Foundation. She holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University.