Alejandra Cruz

Alejandra is a staff attorney at the Sustainable Economies Law Center. Her areas of focus include the Law Center’s Food & Farm and Community Renewable Energy Programs. She is passionate about racial justice, immigrant rights, and health equity, and comes to the Law Center motivated to work towards achieving economic justice for the communities that are close to her heart. She has worked for various legal services organizations serving low-income communities of color. Her practice areas include consumer law, medical-legal partnership, and immigration law. Throughout her career, Alejandra has taken great care to provide compassionate counsel to people living with disabilities, including mental health and substance use disorders, chronic illness, and intellectual disabilities.

Alejandra’s grandparents came to the U.S. from Mexico and the Philippines and made a home in California. Growing up in California’s Central Valley, she witnessed the exploitation of family members who worked as agricultural and food processing workers. Despite institutional barriers, her parents worked hard so that she could have an opportunity to pursue an education and the career of her choice.

Alejandra’s original interest in practicing law came from years of organizing for equity in education. She led campaigns to defend public schools against privatization, ensure access to undocumented students, and preserve affirmative action and school desegregation programs across the country. Alejandra studied English and Theater & Performance Studies at UC Berkeley, and received her law degree from UCLA with a concentration in Critical Race Studies and Public Interest Law & Policy. In her spare time, Alejandra loves to spend quality time with her partner and her two year old daughter. She loves to dance, sing karaoke in her dad's living room, and try new recipes--mushroom pozole verde, for example.

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