Alina I'vette Fernandez

Alina I'vette Fernandez

UX Research Lead, Racial Equity Design and Data Initiative, Venture Innovation

"I center marginalized communities’ lived experiences in order to define and help realize more equitable imaginaries of power."


Intersectionality, Interdisciplinary and Participatory Research Methodologies, Matrices of Domination, Civic and Political Engagement


Alina is a UX Researcher for Venture Innovation’s Racial Equity Design and Data Initiative. She gathers insights that support Citi’s emersion as a leader in inclusive culture, practices, and products.

Alina is an interdisciplinary researcher whose work is rooted in Women of Color feminisms. She partners with individuals and communities to trace the experience and use of power in their daily lives. To this end, she has conducted and consulted on a variety of research projects including analyses of Latinx youth politics, institutional storytelling, and Afghan Muslim racialization.

Alina is a Gates Millennium Scholar who received her Ph.D. in Latin American and Latinx Studies from UC Santa Cruz and her B.S. in International Relations and Diplomacy from Seton Hall University. She has also held fellowships at the Elisabeth Remak-Honnef Center for Archival Research and Training, the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University, and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

In addition to research Alina enjoys mentoring aspiring researchers, trying new things (everything from skydiving to powerlifting), traveling, and spending time with family, friends, and big dogs.