Alejandra grew up in a rural area south of Mexico City. She studied biology and earned a Masters degree in ecology at the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
After six years working as an independent consultant on environmental impact assessments, Alejandra recognized the need to link conserving nature, food production, and farmers’ livelihoods. This realization led Alejandra to agroecology. She finished her Ph.D. studying the link between nature conservation, agroecology and how that improves farmers´ territories.