Program Director

An educator with over 8 years of experience in innovative program design and management, curriculum development, and strategic partnership cultivation. A community leader with 7 years of experience engaging in projects related to community development, STEM, and workforce development.

Bianca Alvarado was raised on both sides of the Tijuana/San Diego Border.  Bianca Alvarado graduated with distinction with a degree in international relations from San Diego State University and studied abroad in Uruguay through the Gilman Scholarship in 2011 sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. In 2018, she obtained a master’s degree in social innovation from the University of San Diego.

Bianca’s work on environmental issues along the border inspired her to found Baja Urban. Witnessing the social impact of maquiladoras in local communities inspired her to become involved with sustainable production. Currently, Baja Urban has a social impact production chain that produces handcrafted and fair-trade products by collaborating with collectives from México.

Recently, Bianca became the co-founder of La Casa Azul Productions. This project is funded through an Alumni TIES small grant from the U.S. Department of State. This project, titled La Casa Azul Productions’ Digital Media Apprenticeship Pilot Program, will concentrate on implementing an apprenticeship program where Hispanic youth from disadvantaged communities will receive training and knowledge on careers related to technology, specifically in digital media content creation.

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