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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Alexandra Villarreal O'Rourke, 2004

JD, Harvard University

Alexandra Villarreal O'Rourke is an immigrant from Mexico

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a JD in Law at Harvard University

ALEXANDRA VILLARREAL O'ROURKE is a partner in the Financial Services group at McGuireWoods LLP where she is focusing on state and federal regulatory advising and FinTech issues. Previously, she worked as Senior Counsel at Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and as an attorney with the US Department of State's Office of the Legal Adviser, where she worked on matters relating to immigration and terrorism. 

Alexandra is married to Allen O'Rourke, and has two daughters, Catalina and Mariana.

Alexandra was born in Monterrey, Mexico and was naturalized as an American citizen in 2001. Her mother lives in Mission, Texas.

Alexandra received her JD from Harvard University, cum laude. At Harvard, she was on the board of the Latino Law Review and co-founded the Harvard Immigration Project. Before law school, Alexandra was a Senator George J. Mitchell scholar at Queen's University in Belfast, where she obtained an LLM with distinction in international human rights law and criminal justice. Alexandra graduated with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in finance and Plan II liberal-arts honors.

Prior to joining the Department of State, Alexandra served as a law clerk for the Honorable Allyson Duncan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the Honorable Legrome Davis in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

At the University of Texas, Alexandra started a bilingual mentoring program and founded the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Chapter. She also worked as a legislative assistant to state representative Jaime Capelo. She was a Truman Scholar.



  • JD Law | Harvard University 2008
  • LLM | Queens University Belfast 2004
  • BA | University of Texas at Austin 2003
  • George J. Mitchell Scholarship
  • Truman Scholarship
Work History
  • McGuireWoods LLP, Partner | February 2017
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Senior Counsel | June 2014 - February 2017