Alexandra Valladares has extensive experience as a community organizer, educator, researcher, and advocate. She supports early childhood educational campuses in regions throughout the US in developing and maintaining partnerships and collaborations to provide culturally and linguistically responsive services and helpful resources for families. Her passion is to tend to the ecosystem of relationships that underpin the social realities of underserved communities and promote parents' educational advancement, economic mobility, and other aspects of family wellbeing.
A DPS alumna of Hillside High School and DPS parent of two students, Alexandra has volunteered in the DPS Strategic Planning Committee and the DPS Equity and Whole Child Advisory Committee. She has advocated for restorative justice, culturally responsive frameworks, bilingual staff, the creation of the DPS Multilingual Resource Center (MRC), and initiatives to improve wellbeing and environmental stewardship in DPS.
In partnership with parent leaders and DPS staff, she helped increase parent engagement outreach efforts, formed parent affinity groups, and directed an asset and needs assessment at her children's school entirely as a volunteer. She convened an open-door collective of parent leaders to participate in regular forums with the Superintendent and has supported collaboration efforts in DPS with local community groups.
Alexandra earned both her Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Science at North Carolina Central University. She works with national migrant advocacy and other groups as requested. On March 3rd, 2020, Alexandra became the 1st Latina elected to the Durham Board of Education, and she was officially sworn into office on July 7th, 2020. Alexandra engages community members and stakeholders around the issues, priorities, and opportunities that matter to families.