The namesake for Alpha Public Schools’ first middle school campus is Blanca Alvarado, a longtime public official, community leader and youth advocate in Santa Clara County.
Blanca worked as a City Councilwoman and County Supervisor to revitalize neighborhoods and create safe spaces for families to grow. She was the first Latina Councilmember for District 5 (representing East San José), the first Latina Vice Mayor of San José, and a three-term County Supervisor. Blanca is well known for her work establishing the Early Childhood Development Collaborative, the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, the Children’s Health Initiative, and the Juvenile Detention Reform Initiative. Blanca’s work supporting the Women’s Advocacy Initiative on services for female inmates earned her a Lifetime Achievement Award from the County Domestic Violence Council.
Blanca was the first in her family and community to assume public office. Her brave leadership provides great inspiration for our students — many of whom will be the first in their families to attend college and will pave the way for their own families and communities.