Reporters

Alexandra Bjerg

Staff Reporter

Alexandra Bjerg has a unique Danish and Colombian heritage and a love for the game of soccer (or "football" as her countrymen refer to it). She is an avid writer for California Forward and is passionate in particular about the efforts of the state to realign its prison population, specifically where juvenile offenders are concerned. She also covers education and matters related to open government and transparency at both the state and local levels.

Alexandra is fluent in Spanish and holds bachelor's degrees in politics and international relations from the University of San Francisco.

Articles

VIDEO: Long Beach lets citizens decide how to spend piece of infrastructure dollars
Participatory budgeting program will allocate $250,000 Read More


Fixing startup diversity gap vital to California economy
Only 8 percent of startup founders are women Read More


VIDEO: Aging California-Mexico border infrastructure costs $7 billion in economic activity
San Diego and Tijuana share the world's busiest crossing Read More


VIDEO: California-Mexico partnership boosts cross-boundary economy
Mega-region creates $200 billion annually  Read More


Report: Closing California’s racial education gap key to regional economies
Troubling pattern seen in African American higher education levels Read More


Hispanic-owned businesses fueling the economic recovery in California
Hispanic-owned businesses contribute a whopping 650,000 jobs Read More


Tech accelerator lends Latino entrepreneurs a helping hand
Less than 1 percent of venture-backed startups Latino-founded Read More


Grameen America micro-lends small businesses toward success
Teresa is just one of more than 16,000 women nationwide Read More


Key provision of immigration bill important to Silicon Valley high-tech jobs
Immigration bill with startup visa initiative moves forward Read More


Neighbor.ly fights infrastructure woes with crowdfunding
Neighbor.ly creates an online campaign allowing individuals to donate directly to the project Read More


Demand for highly educated workforce on collision course with demographics
California's workforce depends on educational achievement of Latinos Read More


San Francisco lends hand & money to local small business
Capital is on the way to SF Read More


Video: California’s rapidly changing demographics a double-edged sword
California faces an estimated shortage of one million college educated workers Read More


The path to more jobs may be some good eats
For a small fee, cooks can rent space to create their tasty treats Read More


Latinas among hardest hit by Great Recession
Hispanic women are among the most disproportionately affected says new report Read More


Getting startup money a problem for many, especially the farmer
Nonprofit offers small farm loans & entry into California's agriculture economy Read More


San Francisco, notorious for business regulations, opens up one-stop permit shop
Refined permitting rewards entrepreneurs  Read More


California homemade food law opens up tasty small business opportunities
Streamlining regulations never tasted sweeter Read More


Silicon Valley reacts to immigration bill loosening restrictions on high-skilled STEM workers
High-tech business community applauds effort to close tech & science skills gap Read More


California small business loans paid down with swipe of credit card
Loan program opens up capital by allowing loan payment based on sales Read More


Farmworkers turned into farm owners in California training program
Program targeting Latinos filling gap left by aging California farmers Read More


Applying for SF Enterprise Zone tax credit? There’s a web app for that
Local economy should benefit from streamlined biz tax credit Read More


What’s hindering womens small business boom in California economy?
Women-owned businesses growing faster than average but still face barriers Read More


SBA hits on capital idea for California Hispanic entrepreneurs
Getting capital to fastest growing segment of small businesses critical to California economy Read More