Conservation Policy Associate, Michael Fields Agricultural Institute
Alejandra is a Conservation Policy Associate at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI), where she works on conservation policies and programming that help advance regenerative agriculture, an alternative to conventional agriculture, that promotes soil health and climate-resilient practices. Her advocacy is rooted in learning from the struggles and needs of small and mid-size farmers and landowners. She acknowledges the dire need for diversity in the regenerative agriculture movement and hopes to address barriers to farming for BIPOC communities. Prior to MFAI, she worked at the John Bartkowski Department of Environmental Health at the Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers in Milwaukee, WI. Her work focused on soil contamination in urban gardens, childhood lead poisoning prevention, and environmental education. Alejandra has a bachelor’s in Biology from the University of Dallas and a master’s in Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment. She is a member of the IUCN’s Young Professional Network and the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition’s Conservation, Energy, and Environment committee, and Diversity committee. She is the proud daughter of Oaxacan parents that inspire her passion for creating equitable systems and progressive policies that improve the livelihoods of people.