Alfonsina Peñaloza is a Program Officer in Global Development and Population at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Alfonsina is an expert in gender and development. She is responsible for grants to expand women’s economic opportunity and increase the responsiveness of governments to their citizens’ needs.
Previously, Alfonsina helped create Ethos, where she served as deputy director and led projects related to gender equality, competitiveness, food security, and strengthening civil society and citizen participation.
Alfonsina has worked in the Ministry of Public Administration in Mexico, where she monitored international anti-corruption conventions and helped integrate gender perspectives in the Federal Public Administration. And as deputy director of the Mexican Council of International Affairs, the only Mexican think tank in the field of foreign policy, she created a youth program.
She has taught courses on gender in politics and development, and participated in numerous projects with United Nations agencies, government ministries, and the private sector.
Alfonsina has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México in Mexico City, and a master’s degree in gender, development and globalization from the London School of Economics. She is a melomaniac and proud member of Sofar Sounds, a global movement of music lovers.