Senior Advisor to President Mellody Hobson, Ariel Investments
Alejandra Campoverdi is an advocate for women’s health and empowerment, a First 5 California State Commissioner, a former White House aide to President Obama, and a media executive.
Currently, Campoverdi serves as Senior Advisor to Mellody Hobson, President of Ariel Investments. Previously, she was founding Managing Editor of #EmergingUS at the Los Angeles Times, a digital platform founded by Jose Antonio Vargas that explored the emerging American identity, as well as Senior Advisor for Innovation and Communications Strategy for Univision Network News. From 2009-2012, Campoverdi worked in The White House, initially as Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy, and later as the first White House Deputy Director of Hispanic Media. In this role, she developed and implemented the White House’s multimedia communications strategy in relation to the U.S. Hispanic community. Previously, Campoverdi worked on The California Endowment’s Agricultural Worker Health Initiative, which focused on improving the health and living conditions of California’s agricultural workers.
Campoverdi holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and graduated cum laude from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California. She has been appointed to the California Children and Families Commission, also known as “First 5 California”, which convenes, partners in, supports and helps lead the movement to create and implement a comprehensive, integrated, and coordinated system for California’s children prenatal through age 5 and their families. Campoverdi currently sits on the Advisory Board of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, the Executive Advisory Board of the Harvard Journal of Hispanic Policy, and the Board of Advisors for UCLA’s Center for Diverse Leadership in Science, and is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy. She is a volunteer teacher for Inside Out Writers, through which she teaches a weekly creative writing class to incarcerated young women in Los Angeles’ Central Juvenile Hall.