Alexandra Goncalves Peña

Fellowship Director

Alex joined IJC in September 2021 as Fellowship Director. She comes to this position from an IJC host organization, Catholic Migration Services of Brooklyn and Queens, where she served as the Managing Attorney for the Immigration Unit. Specializing in removal defense and asylum law, Alex has practiced immigration law for 15 years at two other IJC host organizations, Central American Legal Assistance and American Friends Service Committee, as well as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. She also worked at Safe Horizon in the Queens Family Court Program. During her career, Alexandra has represented hundreds of individuals facing removal from the United States.

Alex obtained her law degree from Vermont Law School and her undergraduate degree from Shimer College. A native Brooklynite who grew up partly in Colombia, Alexandra’s work is deeply personal and is driven by her unwavering commitment to working hand in hand with immigrant communities and her belief that all persons in the United States, regardless of their immigration status, should be afforded equal and humane treatment and due process under the law. Alex is inspired by this quote:  “Ayudar a quien lo necesita no solo es parte del deber, sino de la felicidad,” “Helping those in need is not only duty, it is happiness” – José Martí