Community Navigator - Columbia Heights
Alejandro Duque, a Midwesterner, comes to the team with a passion for community outreach, development, and problem solving. Born in the state of Illinois, Alejandro's family moved around during his childhood but finally landed in Columbus, Ohio, where he calls home.
Alejandro earned a double major in City and Regional Planning and Public Affairs in May of 2022. During his time in university, Alejandro worked hard to gain experiences that would prepare him to affect change to communities post graduation. While in college, Alejandro worked with a local Columbus nonprofit aiming to reduce childhood food insecurity, worked for a County Commissioner, learning the how the COVID-19 Pandemic were affecting his neighbors by dealing with issues of police brutality and housing insecurity, worked for a village Mayor, where he dealt with issues that impacted small, rural communities, and worked for the U.S. Department of Transportation, where he helped the Office of the Secretary research the intersection of various issues with transportation. After graduating from college, Alejandro worked as an Urban Planner where he realized his larger interest for direct community outreach.
Alejandro is also an avid player and fan of soccer, and has coached youth soccer since August of 2020. New to Washington DC, Alejandro is excited and eager to better understand the lives and issues of the populations he will be serving as a Community Navigator in Columbia Heights.