Woman of the Year

Woman of the Year

Dr. Vicki Alexander is an inspirational leader with a long history of accomplishments. I am pleased to pay tribute to such a talented and dedicated constituent.

During the annual Woman of the Year celebration, a woman from each Assembly district is honored at the State Capitol. Each honoree is introduced on the Assembly Floor and receives a special certificate honoring her accomplishments.

The annual event has been a Capitol tradition since 1987 as a way to highlight the achievements of outstanding women throughout the state during Women’s History Month.

Here is more about Dr. Vicki Alexander:

Dr. Alexander is the founder and board president of Healthy Black Families (HBF), Inc. HBF was founded as a non-profit organization in July 2013 to support the growth and development of healthy black families and individuals. She also founded the Black Infant Health Program in Berkeley in 2000, and was instrumental in the creation of the Alameda County Coalition to address disparities in infant mortality rates.

Dr. Alexander received her medical degree from the University of California at San Francisco. She completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology, and received her master’s degree in public health from Columbia University. First at San Francisco General Hospital and then at Harlem Hospital, Dr. Alexander has worked tirelessly in the interest of  public health for decades concentrating on the social determinants of health. She retired in 2006 from the City of Berkeley as the maternal child health director and health officer.

In retirement, volunteerism is at the core of Dr. Alexander’s life. She has participated in groups and activities to improve the living conditions for women and children. These organizations include the Rainbow Coalition (where she was chair of the Women’s Commission), Center for Constitutional Rights, Reproductive Rights National Network, Planned Parenthood, City Maternal and Child Health, and other national organizations.  

Her previous awards are as follows: Woman of the Year Award, Berkeley (2011); the Martin Luther King, Lifetime Achievement Award, City of Berkeley (2014); National Jefferson Award for Community Service (2015); the Alameda County African American Black History Month Award (2017); and the Madame CJ Walker Award for Black Women (2017).

For information on what my office is doing to partner with women locally, and to assist women statewide via legislation, please call my district office at (510) 286-1400.