She was selected by her peers to be the student speaker at the Class of 2011’s graduation ceremony alongside The New Yorker’s David Remnick. See her speech here.
Previously, she was as a producer for the NBC NEWS’ Meet the Press and The Associated Press. At the AP, she wrote, produced and edited breaking domestic news videos daily that appeared before online, mobile and broadcast news consumers worldwide.
Already, Alva has lived and worked on three continents – North America, Europe and Asia. Most recently, she lived in Gwangju, South Korea where she worked as an English teacher to children and adults.
Prior to South Korea, Alva lived in Paris – the city of her birth – working as Communications Editor for CISAC writing on international intellectual property law, entertainment and technology in the quarterly magazine, CISAC NEWS. Alva also started working on her labor of love, Tria and Dan, a documentary film on her grandparents.
Before her globe trotting adventures, Alva lived in NYC where she graduated from New York University and later worked in new media marketing for Elektra Entertainment Group/WMG and Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Alva is a bilingual (French/English) professional journalist based in New York City. Her work has been published by The New York Daily News, Newyorker.com, WNYC.org, The Associated Press, DNAinfo New York, NBCNews.com, and the Huffington Post.