With more than 17 years of private and nonprofit experience, Alicia is passionate about leveraging resources from both sectors to fuel social innovation. In her role at United Way of San Diego, Alicia is responsible for cultivating new business initiatives, including corporate social responsibility opportunities for local businesses, and leads marketing initiatives to elevate the impact and reach of the organization. She also teaches a graduate course in Social Enterprise at the University of San Diego’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences. Previously, Alicia was Director of Programs for Mission Edge, where she designed and implemented a CSR program for Qualcomm to engage employees in skills-based volunteering in the nonprofit sector. She also implemented a social enterprise accelerator for nonprofit organizations to develop, test, and launch revenue-generating lines of business. Alicia was Director of Programs and Development for the Accion U.S. Network, a microfinance lender that provides access to capital for underserved entrepreneurs, and Director of Programs for San Diego Social Venture Partners, which helps philanthropists realize greater social impact through their collaborative investments of time and treasure in local nonprofits.
She started her career as an analyst at JPMorgan Chase then served as Director of Administration at Howard Head Sports Medicine in Vail, CO. Alicia holds a BS in Business Administration from Georgetown University and a MS in Social Work / Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University. In addition to the BLCI board, she serves on the Board of LIFT Development Enterprises and the Executive Advisory Board for the Center of Peace and Commerce at USD. Alicia was a finalist for the San Diego Business Journal’s “2018 SD Next Top Business Leaders Under 40” award and San Diego Magazine’s 2018 Celebrating Women award.