Alessandra Orofino is the Executive Director and Co-founder of Our Cities, an online platform which is developing tools for civic engagement and participation in cities. Our Cities was born out of Alessandra's experience with Meu Rio, a digitally-powered local community of action that aims to make information of political processes accessible to a broader public. Orofino herself describes the work of Meu Rio as "translating public policy issues into a language that is understandable to broader society and young people". Prior to that, Alessandra Orofino worked at Purpose.com, a partner organization of Meu Rio, where she took part in setting up Purpose Brazil. Before that, she worked at a corporate social responsibility consultancy that provides strategic advice to major Brazilian corporations, and in women's rights advocacy and research in Brazil and India. She holds a degree in Economics and Human Rights from Columbia University and subsequently became a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts, contributing to their pioneering program in Design for Social Innovation.