Alessandra Biaggi is running for New York State Senate in her home district, NY-34.
Before launching her campaign in January, she served in Governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration in his Counsel’s Office. Her portfolio focused on the NYS Council for Women & Girls and New York State’s women’s policy agenda. She was also a member of the Governor’s Executive clemency team, led bill negotiations across the executive and legislative branches, and worked on health and human service initiatives across multi-state agencies.
During the 2016 presidential election, Alessandra was the Deputy National Operations Director for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Following Hillary’s loss to Trump, Alessandra focused on igniting women and millennials to get off the sidelines and into political office, a process which inspired her to design the rituals of mindful democracy, and to create the Take Action Guide for Activism.
Her run for office is preceded by a decade of advocacy, national leadership, and service to the people of New York, interning for Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-NY), the Kings County D.A.’s Office, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, and working as Assistant General Counsel for Governor Cuomo’s Office of Storm Recovery.
Alessandra is a 2015 New Leaders Council (NLC) fellow and sits on NLC’s Advisory Board. She’s a member of The New Agenda's Young Women Leadership Council, and has served on the host committee for the Arena. She’s presented on topics including women in politics, leadership, political strategy, and community organizing for New York University's Women's Initiative, Columbia University, Ladies Get Paid, Rally + Rise, Impact Hub, Solidarity Sundays, Changemaker Chats, the All In Together Campaign, with Diane Von Furstenberg, and NYU with the Lieutenant Governor of New York, Kathleen C. Hochul.
Alessandra was born in Mount Vernon, New York. She is a graduate of Pelham Memorial High School, New York University, and Fordham Law School, where she was a member of the Fordham Law Review. In 2014, she attended the Women’s Campaign School at Yale University.
She’s challenging Senator Jeff Klein, who has been in office for fourteen years. He’s the leader of the Independent Democratic Conference, a group of eight Democratic state senators who run as Democrats, but vote with Republican leadership once elected.