Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Álvaro earned a B.A. in economics and a minor in international studies from Boston College. Since graduation, he has worked as an economist, public servant, university professor and journalist. Accordingly, his passion for public service led him to actively participate in Peruvian politics. In 2009, Álvaro co-founded an NGO focused on vulnerable teenagers’ social-emotional development. Realizing the impact of working in policy and politics, in 2012 he began to work first in the private sector as a journalist at Semana Económica, a Peruvian business and economics magazine, and as a strategic planning consultant at APOYO Consultoría’s Public Administration Practice. Later, Álvaro ran for mayor, becoming the youngest candidate in his district’s history, and with that experience, in 2016 his party appointed him as the presidential campaign manager for Lima. After running for office, he started to work at the Ministry of Education of Peru leading projects to improve public schools’ management. In parallel, he also taught courses in economics and communications at the University of Lima. In the summer of 2018, Álvaro worked at the World Bank’s Global Education Practice, and was part of the TEACH Program Team, where he analyzed data from pilot projects in Uruguay, Mozambique, Pakistan and Philippines. Álvaro plans to work in professional fields related to the public sector international development after graduation. He expects that the MPA program will help him to expand his knowledge about public policy and merge it with his experience in politics. Álvaro enjoys reading a good book, movies, running, playing and watching soccer.