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Alexandra Arriaga

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Alex Arriaga is Founder and Managing Partner at Strategy for Humanity LLC, a woman-, minority- and person with disabilities- owned firm that works with mission-driven organizations and those who fund them. Grounded in the belief that how you do business is as important as what you achieve, the firm works with clients to develop effective strategies, conduct smart advocacy and analysis, and achieve meaningful results. Alex has served in leadership positions at the White House, the U.S. Department of State, in the U.S. Congress, and at major non-profit organizations. She has vast expertise on global human rights, humanitarian assistance, and the intersection between gender based violence and security concerns. She has a proven record setting priorities, creating effective coalitions, building movements, working with thought leaders, achieving ambitious goals, and bringing together diverse ideological groups on a common agenda and breadth of issues. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Arriaga’s leadership was featured in “A 'Pragmatic Idealist' Pursues Justice for All” (The Washington Post). Previously, Arriaga led government relations, policy and advocacy at Amnesty International USA and during her tenure The Hill recognized AIUSA as a top human rights lobby in Washington. She spearheaded major human rights campaigns, created new programs, and engaged hundreds of volunteers and thousands of members. Earlier in her career Arriaga served as Special Assistant to President William J. Clinton and chief of staff to Buddy McKay, the President’s Special Envoy for the Americas and former Governor of Florida. Prior to the White House, Arriaga was appointed senior adviser in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. Department of State where she was U.S. Delegate to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (twice), served on the Department’s Bosnia Task Force, and was Executive Director of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad. She began her career in the U.S. House of Representatives as director of the bipartisan Congressional Human Rights Caucus, working with the late Congressman Tom Lantos and increasing participation across party lines to involve a majority of the U.S. Congress and expand the human rights focus to over 100 countries and myriad issues.

At the local level, Arriaga is active on education issues. She participated in a task force to address college sexual assault and collaborated to create a model curriculum to be piloted at universities across the country. The Arlington (Virginia) School Board recognized Arriaga as an "Honored Citizen" for her extraordinary and multi-year contributions to improve the education experience for students with disabilities. Arriaga co-authored an award winning "Special Education Family Research and Information Binder" and co-edited the translation into Spanish; the binder is now distributed to all local families who have children with disabilities in the public school system. Her work and achievements to support children with autism was showcased in “More Autism Training for Teachers” (The Washington Post).  

Arriaga has received many awards and serves in leadership capacities for organizations focused on global human rights, education, and disability rights; for example, she sits on the Global Advisory Council of World Learning, Board of Directors of Disability Rights International, and is a Donor Trustee on The Jefferson Trust of the University of Virginia. She is an experienced spokesperson in Spanish and English.  A graduate of the University of Virginia and former scholarship recipient with the Joffrey School of Ballet,

Alex is first generation American of Spanish and Chilean descent.