The Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission is housed at, and administratively supported by, the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture.
Executive Director, Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission & LANAIC Self Governance Board
Alexandra Valdes is an enrolled tribal citizen of the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, a descendant of the Athabascan and the grandchild of German and Hungarian immigrants. She is the mother of two children, ages six and three. Alexandra has dedicated her career to working for organizations that empower American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities.
Previously, Alexandra worked for her Alaska Native Regional Corporation, Sealaska Corporation. In this role she developed, implemented, and managed educational and professional development programs and opportunities for tribal member shareholders and descendants. She also served as a project assistant at the Seattle Indian Health Board’s Urban Indian Health Institute, a tribal epidemiology center that focuses on the national urban AIAN population. During her graduate studies, she interned for Haa Aani, a Southeast Alaska based non-profit Community Development Financial Institution committed to creating sustainable economic opportunities for Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian people.
Alexandra was a First Nations Futures Fellow at Stanford University and a Barbara Jordan Health Policy Fellow with the Kaiser Family Foundation where she worked for the US Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Brown University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Southern California. While at Brown, Alexandra was a member of the women’s Division I water polo team.