Senior Policy & Research Analyst, Advancement Project California
Alejandra Ramirez-Zarate is a civil rights leader and a Senior Policy and Research Analyst for Advancement Project California’s Political Voice democracy team. Through policy advocacy and databased collaborative action, Alejandra advocates for equitable policies and administrative practices that expand opportunities for political participation and government responsiveness, particularly for low-income communities of color. Her current research focuses on the 2020 Census, voting and election systems, public participation in governance, and redistricting. Alejandra managed the We Count Los Angeles Census Table – a unique and collaborative network of nearly 200 organizations and government entities, working together to ensure a fair and accurate count of all Angelenos, regardless of citizenship and/or socioeconomic status. Alejandra also oversees the statewide coalition the Census Policy Advocacy Network, a collaborative effort among multiple statewide organizations in California to help shape policy concerning the American Community Survey and the 2020 Census. Growing up as an undocumented immigrant and woman of color, from a young age Alejandra was exposed to the systemic inequities and challenges communities of color often face in their everyday lives. Alejandra was born in Guatemala and grew up in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles. She received her B.A. in Political Science at California State University, Northridge. Alejandra enjoys traveling the world with her husband and children and dancing cumbia and bachata.