Alexa Avilés is a proud New Yorker living in Sunset Park with her husband Frankie and their two daughters. Alexa was born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, and grew up in East New York, Brooklyn.
Alexa’s path has been inspired by her mother Isabel, a brave, vivacious and loving woman who rebuilt their lives after the loss of her father to gun violence. Isabel used her own life experiences to help others suffering from poverty, incarceration and substance abuse disorder. Before her election to City Council, Alexa’s career spanned almost three decades in the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors. Most recently, Alexa served as Program Director at the Scherman Foundation, where she supported local and national social justice organizations that included work to protect human rights, autonomy, and dignity of all people. She has supported state and national efforts to reduce the incarceration of juveniles and adults, fought discrimination across multiple government systems, and supported the empowerment of marginalized communities.
For nearly a decade, Alexa also served as PTA President at PS 172, partnering with parents, staff and students to improve academic and recreational programs. She championed language access and an inclusive and supportive community for all. She has had the privilege of serving on multiple local and national nonprofit boards including Brooklyn Community Board 7 and as Chair of the NYC Youth Board.
Alexa is a proud alumna of A Better Chance and the National Urban Fellows. The first in her family to go to college, she is a graduate of Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Latin American History and Baruch College’s Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, earning a Master’s in Public Administration.