Alejandra Palacios was appointed chairwoman of the Mexican Federal Economic Competition Commission (COFECE) in September 2013 for a four-year term. Prior to her appointment to COFECE, she was the director of Good Governance Projects at the Mexican Institute for Competitiveness, a Mexican public policy think-tank, where she was responsible for research projects in the economic regulation, public procurement and telecommunication areas, among others. Palacios also served as a consultant of the former Federal Telecommunications Commission and the Mexican Institute for Social Security, mainly focused on carrying out research and evaluation projects derived from collaboration agreements among these institutions and the OECD. She has been a lecturer and academic coordinator of the Economics Department at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). Palacios holds a master’s degree in business administration and a bachelor’s in economics from ITAM. She also holds a master's in public administration and public policy from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económica.