Alejandra Guzmán is an internationally-recognized expert in economic and community development, social responsibility, and new business development. With leadership experience in both the public and private sectors, Alejandra creates and analyzes inter-sectorial initiatives that maximize the resources of non-government organizations (NGO), government agencies, and private sector companies to solve international community and economic development challenges.
Under her leadership, Alejandra’s team has designed and implemented programs and platforms that reach more than 52,000 people annually. She has also advanced urban and community development for real estate projects valued in excess of $200 million and led risk management for assets in excess of $400 million.
In 2016, Alejandra began concentrating her development efforts on the +350,000 community members who she serves as a Vice President of Real Estate and Capital Investments at the New Orleans Business Alliance (NOLABA). At NOLABA, Alejandra develops and executes real estate, policy, and partnership strategies to promote the development of communities that have been handicapped by disinvestment.
In addition to her role at NOLABA, Alejandra serves New Orleans residents through her board leadership with the The Urban Land Institute (ULI), Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana (HCCL), USGBC Louisiana, Xavier University Presidential Advisory Board, and Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. Collectively, she has fiduciary responsibility for operating budgets in excess of $200 million.
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.
Alejandra received her Master’s in Business Administration in 2012 from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business in New Orleans.