Alexa Rose Pettinari
Project Officer, Advocacy
Alexa Rose Pettinari is a Project Officer (Advocacy) for the Global Schools Program, UN-SDSN from the United States. She lives in Malaysia and is the sustainability coordinator for an international school in Penang. Previously, Alexa held a position with environmental NGO, Environment Oregon, where she successfully helped to lead the campaign to ban plastic bags in three major cities in Oregon state. She has also worked with Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in Bangladesh refugee camps to develop small business skills and generate a source of income from within the camps. Additionally, she has worked with Myanmar communities to identify problems in the communities and connect them to investors to provide solutions to those problems. During that time she attended the World Economic Forum in Cambodia and the UBS conference in Amsterdam. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental ethics and policy from the University of Portland and a Master of Education from the University of the People. Her academic scholarship was focused on the implementation of environmental education through project-based and active-inquiry methods to develop emotional and social competence in diverse learners. Alexa is a member of the International Society for Sustainability Professionals (ISSP) and the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) community. Her passion for quality, universally accessible, and sustainability centric education drives her to build connections between communities. Paolo Freire stated, "Education is politics" and Alexa uses this as a source of motivation. Using education as the megaphone to amplify the voices of ordinary people and propel ourselves into a more sustainable future is her goal.