Anna Alvarado is the Policy Director for the California EDGE Coalition. Her work involves policy development and legislative advocacy focused on advancing EDGE’s policy priorities that aim to achieve greater equity and economic mobility for all Californians.
Anna brings with her over ten years of experience in legislative and advocacy work in and around the State Capitol community. Most recently, Anna was the Director of Government Relations for Cruz Strategies where she advocated on behalf of local governments, higher education institutions, and non-profit organizations, on issues relating to homelessness, housing, student financial aid, and mental health.
Prior to lobbying, Anna worked for the California State Senate where she served as a policy analyst for Senator Jim Beall. In this role, she staffed numerous bills, committees, and policy areas, including women’s rights, K-12 and higher education, Latino community issues, immigration, veteran affairs, transportation, and health/human services.
Anna is passionate about social justice issues and is dedicated to ensuring California’s most underserved communities have an opportunity to achieve their career goals and dreams, in addition to supporting more women of color to elected positions at the local and state levels.
Anna holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and Chicano studies with a minor in history from CSU Fresno, and a master’s degree in public policy & administration from CSU Sacramento.