Rachel Alexander

Deputy Director, New America CA

Rachel Alexander is the deputy director of New America CA, where she supports research, programs, community engagement, and narrative change efforts that build greater economic equity across the state.

In 2013 Alexander helped establish the Makers + Mentors Network, an initiative launched in partnership with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to address unequal access to STEM careers for girls and students of color. There she developed a national network of STEM equity coalitions, supporting local STEM leaders as they built the relationships and tools necessary to diversify the STEM workforce in their communities.

Alexander began her career in higher education, serving as an admission officer and then as a college counselor for aspiring first-generation college students and their families. She has consulted on strategy and program development for a broad range of organizations doing mission-driven work in education and workforce development.

Alexander has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from Boston University. She lives in Oakland, Calif. with her wife and son.