Alejandra "Ale" Aguilar-Ruiz

Senior Community Policy Associate, Immigration
Portrait photograph of Alejandra Aguilar-Ruiz

Alejandra "Ale" Aguilar-Ruiz is the Senior Community Policy Associate at the National Center for Youth Law and leads the organization's efforts to ensure newcomer youth have access to the resources and opportunities they need to heal and thrive in the Bay Area community. In this role, Ale aims to advocate for state policy and practice that centers the lived experience of youth in movement. 

Ale has more than eight years of experience advocating alongside immigrant and refugee communities, through community organizing, direct legal support, child advocacy, and migration research. She's worked with organizations including, Immigrant Defenders Law Center, the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, Centro Legal De La Raza, and the USF, Immigration and Deportation Clinic. Ale graduated with a bachelor degree in History from CalPoly Humboldt and received a masters in Migration Studies from the University of San Francisco. 

Ale is a proud product of immigrants from Michoacán, Mexico that made Los Angeles their home. Ale loves to dance cumbias, listen to hip-hop and care for her two lovely black cats.