Maria Alejandra Salazar (she/her/ella) is the Program Associate for Immigration Initiatives at Borealis Philanthropy. A 1.5 generation immigrant originally from Lima, Peru, she is based in Chicago, IL. She has worked in various capacities in the immigrant rights movement for over a decade, including as a community organizer at ICIRR (Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights) and program director for the Multicultural Resources Program at NCR (Northside Community Resources).
Maria Alejandra holds a Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and a Master of Divinity from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Her research has focused on community organizers and burnout, centering lived experiences as sites of liberation and transformative healing. She loves warm days by Lake Michigan, exploring new art practices, and making home-cooked meals.