Alesandra Nájera (she/her)

Program Officer
Alesandra Nájera

Alesandra Nájera serves as a program officer on the Water Foundation’s healthy communities team, where she develops and implements grantmaking programs and strategies to ensure residents across the US have safe and reliable drinking water. She also helps lead programs to build resilient rural communities and to advance water efficiency and conservation in California. She is a member of the inaugural cohort of the Water Solutions Network.


Previously, Alesandra was a legislative assistant to US Senator Barbara Boxer, and to Congressman John Garamendi. Prior to her time on the Hill, Alesandra served as a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Graduate Fellow in the Office of the Secretary at the US Department of the Interior. Alesandra received both undergraduate and master’s degrees from Stanford University, while also working at Joint Venture Silicon Valley.


Recent Blog Posts

"I grew up in a rural community along the Cosumnes River, leading to the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.
You could say I’ve been surrounded by water policy and its consequences my entire life. I vividly remember watching the 1997 El Nino flood waters creep ominously closer to my house, and moving all of our belongings to the second floor in hopes they wouldn’t be damaged by the onslaught. While I now work in an office or in front of a computer, I carry that ranch worker in boots with me everywhere I go. I’ve watched my small community grapple with a changing agricultural economy, the precarity of drinking water wells, the Delta tunnels, and now groundwater sustainability, and this perspective daily informs my work at the Water Foundation."