Adriana Alejandro-Osorio

Adriana Alejandro-Osorio

Dr. Adriana Alejandro-Osorio believes that advocating for young people is the calling of our time and is passionate about investing in pathways that accelerate their success. With 15 years of experience at the intersection of global development, philanthropy, and advancing children’s rights, she has expanded avenues that ensure children and youth everywhere can reach their full potential and build the future they want. She currently serves as the Managing Director of the Aspen Young Leaders Fellowship (AYLF), accelerating the development of locally-grounded and nationally-connected changemakers ready to address the most compelling issues facing society through values-based leadership.

Dr. Alejandro Osorio has served in leadership roles addressing complex global challenges prior to her work in Aspen Institute. She led development efforts at UNICEF USA as a Philanthropy Officer, where she also stewarded the process for the City of Minneapolis to become one of the first United Nations recognized Child Friendly Cities in the United States. This a designation given to cities that commit to every young person having a right to grow up in an environment where they have a safe and protected childhood, and where their voice is heard and matters. She has also led philanthropic efforts at Global Impact, where she cultivated key partnerships in the private sector engaging in global corporate social responsibility, and managing international grantmaking, workplace giving and employee engagement efforts. At Booz Allen Hamilton, she advised various stakeholders making strategic decisions on a $80M portfolio of targeted investments in science and technology, advancements which yielded improvements in drugs, diagnostics and vaccines for HIV, TB, malaria, maternal and child health and addressing micronutrient deficiencies globally.

Dr. Alejandro-Osorio received her bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from the Universidad de Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras and doctoral degree in Biomolecular Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She serves as a Commissioner in the State of Minnesota Commission for Judicial Selection, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition – Minnesota Advisory Committee, the Lt. Governor Flanagan’s Young Women’s Initiative of Minnesota Executive Council, and in the board of Esperanza Rising. In her free time, she is committed to mastering the art of not falling while riding her snowboard and finalizing an indepth longitudinal study of her favourite ice cream shops in Saint Paul, MN where she lives with her son, husband and her dog, who sometimes tags along to taste test.