Isabel AlegriaDirector of Communication

“Communications is just a vehicle to inform, inspire and educate people. Public Advocates is giving me the opportunity to help our advocates, litigators and community partners tell their stories, and convey the urgency of the work they do every day to make positive social change. I am grateful for the opportunity to work alongside colleagues who fight so passionately for equity in education, housing transportation and other issues affecting our quality of life as Californians. I was born and raised in California, so what happens here as well as how we influence the rest of the country means a lot to me. “

– Isabel Alegria

Isabel Alegria joined Public Advocates as Director of Communication in 2015. She has a long career as a broadcast journalist, and more recently as a communications manager.

Before coming to Public Advocates, Isabel was Communications Manager of the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) Immigration Initiative. Previous to her work with the ACLU, Isabel served as Communications Director at the California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC), a position she held at from 2006-2013. For more than twenty years, Isabel pursued a career in Broadcast Journalism. She was a staff Reporter for National Public Radio based in San Francisco from 1990 to 1995.

Before moving to San Francisco, she worked for NPR at the national office in Washington as Editor of Latin File, a daily Hispanic affairs newsmagazine. Isabel was co-founder of the Latin American News Service, a syndicated program of news on Latin America distributed to more than 100 stations in the mid-1980s out of radio station KXCR in El Paso, Texas. Her broadcast career began with NPR in San Diego and the Pacifica Foundation station KPFA in Berkeley.


  • Isabel is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in Communications, With Distinction. She was born in California with parents from El Salvador and Chile, and currently resides in Berkeley with her family.
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