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Alexandra Oliver-Davila

Executive Director

For over 20 years, Alexandra Oliver-Dávila has worked to create a community that supports and values young people and believes in their ability to create positive social change. Serving as Executive Director since 1999, Alex has transformed Sociedad Latina into a cutting-edge, data-driven youth development organization. Under her leadership, Sociedad Latina has quadrupled its budget, expanded board membership, increased the total number of youth and families served, broadened programming, and developed our Pathways to Success model. In 2003, Alex initiated a community needs assessment to identify specific issues facing members of the Mission Hill/Roxbury community. The assessment revealed an increase for youth programming that would provide skills in four key areas: Education, Workforce Development, Civic Engagement, and Arts & Culture. Informed by these areas of need, Alex led the planning and implementation of our youth development model--Pathways to Success. Alex has also led the organization through strategic planning processes from 2000-2016.

Through her grassroots community-based approach, Alex has forged successful cross-sector collaborations with dozens of partners across Boston, including higher-education institutions, hospitals and health centers, businesses, foundations, and Boston Public Schools. This broad network of partnerships has enabled Sociedad Latina to leverage resources and offer youth and families various opportunities to thrive. In 2013, she joined the Board of the National Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC). In 2014, Alex was elected to the National Institute for Latino School Leaders. In 2016, she was selected as the newest member of the Boston School Committee and as the National Council of La Raza Affiliate Council Representative for the Northeast region, and in 2017, Alex was named one of the 150 Boston Women of Influence. Alex is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Emmanuel College and the Anna B. Stearns Foundation. In addition, Alex serves as an Advisory Board representative for Boston Children's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, New England Baptist Hospital, Boston After School & Beyond, Boston Public Schools’ Opportunity and Achievement Gaps Task Force, and the Boston Public Schools’ Wellness Committee, as well as the Co-Chair for the Greater Boston Latino Network (GBLN).

In recognition for her hard work and dedication to Boston’s Latino community, Alex has received a number of honors and recognitions over the years. In 2014, she was recognized by the Boston Public Schools' Office of English Language Learners and the Newcomer Assessment & Counseling Center for her exemplary work with underserved youth in Boston. In 2012, Alex received an Honorary Doctorate from Emmanuel College and the Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award from the National Football League. In 2007, Alex was honored as a Barr Foundation Fellow – a program that recognizes Boston’s most gifted and experienced leaders. She has also received the Freedom House Community Leader Award in 2006 and the Boston Celtics’ Hero Among Us Award in 2002. During her career, Alex has also received honors from Mayor Thomas Menino, Boston City Council, Hyde Square Task Force, Boston Police Department. Alex received her undergraduate degree from Emmanuel College and a Master’s in Public Policy from Tufts University. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.