Alexa grew up in Bloomington, Minnesota. In 2011, she began volunteering with Minnesotans United for All Families, a group created to defeat a proposed amendment to the Minnesota Constitution that would prohibit same-sex marriage. After the successful defeat of the amendment in November 2012, Alexa continued to work with Minnesotans United on their successful campaign to pass a marriage equality bill in the state, taking on a leadership position in her region. During the 2013-2014 school year, Alexa focused her efforts on the issue of bullying, working to pass a comprehensive anti-bullying bill and plan a one-day conference for students focused on youth empowerment.