Appointed: July 1, 2020
Current Term Expires: June 30, 2022
Maria Alexandra (Alex) Arriaga has served in leadership positions at the White House, the U.S. Department of State, in the U.S. Congress, at major non-profit organizations, and now in the private sector. She has more than 30 years experience working
at the global and national level crafting policies and achieving priorities to advance international human rights. At the state and local level, she has engaged to enhance access to education for all.
Arriaga is Founder and Partner at Strategy for Humanity LLC, a consulting firm that works with mission-driven organizations and those who fund them to develop effective strategies, conduct smart advocacy and analysis, and achieve meaningful results. Her
client list includes major foundations, large and small non-profits, academic institutes, and governmental institutions.
At the local level, the Arlington (Virginia) School Board recognized Arriaga as an Honored Citizen for her extraordinary and multi-year contributions to improve the education experience for students with disabilities. Her efforts to
support children with autism were showcased in “More Autism Training for Teachers” (The Washington Post). At the University of Virginia, her alma mater, Arriaga serves as a donor Trustee of The Jefferson Trust and on
the Advisory Boards of the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and previously served on the Board of the Bolivar Network, the Alumni Association’s Board of Managers, and the president’s task force to address campus sexual assault.
Arriaga, a first generation American of Spanish and Chilean descent, is the recipient of many awards, including the University of Virginia’s Distinguished Alumna Award, the U.S. Secretary of State’s Superior Honor Award, and the Minority Business
& Professionals Network Award for Outstanding Leadership, Service and Achievement.