Alejandra Guzman

VP, Performance Management & Strategy

Alejandra has developed her work experience mostly in the private sector where her main focus has been to develop and operate inter-sectorial partnership programs combining non-government organizations (NGO), government agencies, and private sector companies focused on solving community and economic development challenges in the United States, in Mexico and other Latin American countries. Some of the projects she has worked on include:

  • Microcredit programs through public private alliance
  • Platform to facilitate the reconstruction of areas affected by natural disasters
  • Programs targeting women to improve their quality of life and promote economic activity
  • Programs focused on providing employment opportunities and training to the disabled
  • Platform to improve the performance of small and medium enterprises in Latin America
  • Alliances to promote higher education in Latin America
  • Public private partnership to advance urban development and multimodal transportation in Mexico

In 2016 she began targeting her efforts to the +350,000 members of the Greater New Orleans Community whom she serves daily through the New Orleans Business Alliance as Vice President, Performance Management & Strategy. Alejandra remains connected to the Latin community via the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana and also by writing a monthly bilingual column with VIVA NOLA Magazine.

She has graduated with honors from ITESM as an Organizational Psychologist, and has postgraduate studies in Corporate Social Responsibility and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University. She was published in The Aspen Institute ( and RGSA - Journal of Social and Environmental Gestão in which best social responsibility practices are published. She is a member and leader of strategic organizations such as The Urban Land Institute (ULI) and serves on the Boards of the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana (HCCL), USGBC Louisiana, and Xavier University Presidential Advisory Board. In the past she has also served as a Board Director for  Beloved Community, and Fund 17, an organization helping micro-entrepreneurs in New Orleans.

Alejandra has been acknowledged with numerous awards that recognize her work including the IEDC Young Economic Development Professional of the Year, the Biz New Orleans Magazine New & Notables Recognition, the Best Millennial in Economic Development ,the “Excelencia” Young Leader Award by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana, CIO Look Class of 2019 Women Leaders, and the  2019 CityBusiness Women of the Year award.

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