Beatrice Alvarez, a project coordinator at The Opportunity Agenda, previously did policy and media research for the Democratic National Committee during the 2004 presidential campaign. In a prior position, she staffed U.S. Representative Maxine Waters in the congresswoman's Washington, D.C., office. Before moving to Washington from Los Angeles, Alvarez worked as a legal assistant in an immigration law firm. She graduated from UCLA in 2002 with a B.A. in sociology and Italian.