Gomez, executive director of LUCHA, has dedicated her life to social justice and building community through power grassroots organizing. While at LUCHA, Alex helped lead the effort to raise Arizona’s minimum wage and turn Arizona blue in 2020. She comes to LUCHA following the Adios Arpaio campaign in 2010, which culminated in 2016 with the defeat of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. And, rooted in her family’s immigration struggle, she led the organizing efforts for DAPA and expanded DACA at United We Dream National Network as the National Deputy Organizing Director. She also was a Regional Field Director for Organizing for America. Alejandra lives in Phoenix and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Arizona State University, and has graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education Certificate Program “Leadership, Organizing & Action.”
Presentations from Facing Race 2022
Racing the Election: Reflections on the Midterms and the Direction Forward
The midterm election will be in our rearview mirror at Facing Race. There will be little time to be depressed or jubilant in the wake of the recent election. Join our esteemed panel of organizers, strategists, and movement thinkers to analyze the midterm elections. From Arizona to Appalachia, what was the impact of grassroots organizing and political power in communities of color? What are the good, the bad, and the ugly realities of the election results? How did racism and racial justice impact the outcome? and how do we plot a course for the post-election period given the challenging course ahead?
Moderator(s): Libero Della Piana
Speakers: Rinku Sen, Judith Le Blanc, Alex Gomez, LeeAnn Hall