Alejandro Tirado is a Business Development Analyst for Mayor Jorge Elorza at the City of Providence in Rhode Island. He oversees promoting inclusive economic growth through digital equity and smart city strategies. He is also the point of contact for Providence Opportunity Zones and works closely with state authorities on this realm. More recently, he was tasked with a review of the city's procurement process to better understand the challenges minority- and women-owned businesses face when they compete for Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide services to the City of Province. He is also a lecturer at the Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Science, at the Rhode Island School of Design. His research focuses on the political economy of social assistance, migration, media politics, democratic erosion, and Latin American politics. During his time at the Latino Policy Institute, he led two reports about Latinos in Rhode Island. One of them was a policy analysis of issuing driver's licenses to undocumented Rhode Islanders (Commissioned by the Governor's Office). He coauthored the book Environmental News in South America: Conflict, Crisis and Contestation (Palgrave Studies in Media and Environmental Communication). His work has also been published in The Journal of Community Informatics and Journal of Social Research and Policy. He enjoys trying local food and believes that food is one of the few things that can bring people together.
Business Development Analyst, The City of Providence