EconAlliance is a
non-profit cross-industry alliance that fosters awareness, advocacy, support
and appreciation for Northern Santa Barbara County industries and communities.
After 15 years with Peoples Self-Help Housing until her early retirement in 2021, as Director of Education, Alejandra Mahoney oversaw development and administration of Peoples' Self-Help Housing's (PSHH) K-8 After-School and College Club programs offered at PSHH’s 11 learning centers, interfacing with numerous local and grant funders on mutual priorities.
Born in Costa Rica, raised in Northern Santa Barbara County, Alejandra joined PSHH in 2006, bringing extensive experience from her career at Santa Maria Joint Union High School District, Fitzgerald Community School, and Santa Barbara County Office of Education. She has guided education initiatives across the Central Coast, serving as a board member for the FUND, an ambassador for Allan Hancock Community College, and Leadership Santa Maria Valley. Alejandra was also a co-organizer, Charter Board Member and Founding Board President of the Central Coast Future Leaders (CCFL). CCFL is a local nonprofit serving Latino youth and parents and emphasizes youth leadership and empowerment. The organization launched the annual Latino Legacy Awards program in the North County area. Alejandra is proud of having personally assisted dozens of first generation Latino college students in securing university placement in some of the nation’s greatest institutions - Notre Dame, UCLA, USC, and others.
Alejandra is a former Board member and supporter of and volunteer with EconAlliance and was instrumental in developing the organization’s North County Industry video and STEM Industry Days. She helped initiate and implement in partnership with EconAlliance and United Way, the past multi-year “Working Neighborhoods” grant involving a dozen economic development and education stakeholders.
Before transitioning to a career in education, Alejandra had entered the family business – agriculture. As co—owner of TKP Farms, one of the first certified organic farms in the area, she became engaged not only in organic farming, but in organic farming development and public education. As a Board Member and then President of the California Certified Organic Farmers’ San Luis Obispo Chapter, she worked on organic system plans, policy, certifications, and outreach to farmers, communities, and policymakers.
A 501c3 nonprofit organization, EconAlliance drives positive impact through strategic initiatives, unique partnerships and creative programs. The organization champions Northern Santa Barbara County communities and the key industry sectors that fuel these communities and inspire regional economic vitality.
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