Alexandra Gaspar Martins Teixeira is the Senior Advisor for Organizational Learning and Training at Ipas, an international NGO based in Chapel Hill, N.C., which works to ensure women’s access to safe abortion. In this newly created role, Alex leads a global initiative to transform Ipas into a learning organization and designs capacity building programs for a workforce of 409 staff across 16 country offices. Prior to this appointment, Alex successfully served as Ipas’ Asia Regional Technical Advisor for Community Access where she collaborated with in-country staff to design, monitor, evaluate and increase resources for partnership-based interventions with women and youth-led groups in Nepal, Bangladesh and India. She also served as the co-Chair for the organization-wide Harm Reduction Working Group and authored Ipas’ conceptual framework for applying a harm reduction approach to increasing women’s access to medication abortion.
Alex holds 16 years of success, joy and valuable mistakes working internationally and interpersonally to advance sexual, racial and economic justice in the fields of feminist philanthropy, policy advocacy and global public health. Based in North Carolina, she is committed to a structural analysis and personal practice that give her hope of doing more good than harm as a stakeholder and ally for social transformation in organizations endowed with passionate talent and beleaguered by inherited neo-colonial habits.
Before joining Ipas in 2010, Alex served as the Philanthropic Partnership Officer at the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (2006-2010), as the Global Advocacy Research and Policy Advisor for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (2004-2006) and as the Program Fellow for Africa, the Middle East and Central Independent States at the Global Fund for Women (2000-2002). She has served on the Board of Directors at the Third Wave Foundation, a feminist youth-led foundation supporting reproductive justice in the U.S.; and Resource Generation, a youth-led organization that politicizes and mobilizes young people with wealth to leverage resources for social change. Since living in North Carolina, Alex has served as an active stakeholder, advisor and on the board of stone circles at The Stone House, an organization that provides training and retreats for individuals, groups and movements for social justice.
Alex is in the fourth year of a passionate love affair with North Carolina where she has built a home and community beyond her wildest dreams. She is originally from the Ironbound neighborhood of Newark, N.J. and was raised by an entrepreneurial immigrant family from Portugal, whose love and support enabled her to be the first person in her family to graduate from college. She earned an MA degree in International Affairs with a concentration in International Human Rights, Gender and Sexuality from Columbia University and a BA in French Literature and Psychology from Connecticut College. While her access to formal education has been a treasured privilege, it is the education she receives from her family of origin and her queer community that most powerfully inspires her to live a life of intention, compassion, grace and commitment.