Alessandra serves as Communications Coordinator at Innovation Works (IW), where she joins Terri and Jennifer in building the communications strategy for the organization. She brings to IW a background in visual communications, which she applies to the company’s programs and initiatives.
Sandra believes in the power of visual media to shape perspectives and challenge stereotypes. She is committed to proliferating positive storytelling to encourage optimism and drive constructive change-making. Mission-centric, Sandra is passionate about addressing social issues critical to our shared future — including women’s and girls’ rights, education, racial justice, and income disparity.
Prior to Innovation Works, Sandra served as Operations Associate at the Skoll Global Threats Fund (SGTF), a sister organization to the Skoll Foundation. SGTF was founded by Jeff Skoll, the first president of Ebay, to fund and launch innovative approaches to major issues facing our planet. There, Sandra focused on initiatives aiming to ‘end pandemics in our lifetime’ and managed the organization’s finances and operations. Sandra was instrumental in SGTF’s successful sundown in January 2018. Before moving abroad for graduate school and then to San Francisco, Sandra worked in Pittsburgh at The Sprout Fund as a Program Assistant in Catalytic Funding. In her role at Sprout, she facilitated over 150 grants and reseated the Seed Award decision-making committee to improve relationships with the community and build a stronger grant-making focus on racial and social justice.
Sandra was an inaugural member of the World Economic Global Shapers Pittsburgh Hub, which coordinated Food Revolution Day 2014 and orchestrated the first Thrival, a now annual event highlighting the intersection of arts and innovation. From 2010 to 2012, she served pro-bono as Vice President of Operations for The School Fund, an NGO that funds scholarships for high achieving students who cannot afford to attend school.
Sandra holds dual bachelor degrees from Boston University in cultural anthropology and photojournalism and a master’s in anthropology of media from University of London, SOAS. Her thesis at SOAS highlighted non-profit visual communications’ potential to influence public perception and counter stereotypes.