Alessandra comes to AAWL after serving as executive director of a non-profit legal advocacy organization in Phoenix, Arizona. Although she was trained as a journalist, she left her career as a journalist to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. While taking prerequisite science classes, she worked as a veterinary assistant in Miami, Florida, caring for many injured, sick animals. She is the proud mom of both the two- and four-legged kind, sharing a home in South Phoenix with her husband, Alex, their four kids ages (ages 13 thru 16) and two fur-babies, a pitty rescue named, Charli, and Olie, their cattle dog rescue. Alessandra graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and an MBA from the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management. She was born and raised in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents from Brazil and Argentina and speaks fluent Spanish and Portuguese.