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Alissa is an Associate with Innovation Network and supports foundation and nonprofit partners such as Annie E. Casey Foundation, Kansas Health Foundation, and the Public Welfare Foundation. She has extensive experience working with nonprofits and has supported evaluation projects on topics ranging from child welfare to homeland security.

Alissa is committed to the role of evaluation in creating sustainable social justice and healthy communities. She finds particular interest in building participatory evaluation plans that engage all stakeholders, visualizing organizations’ stories told by data, and supporting the capacity of organizations’ evaluation skills.

Prior to joining Innovation Network, Alissa consulted with a component of the Department of Homeland Security to evaluate and implement various employee engagement initiatives. She has conducted survey and participatory research with several child welfare organizations, including a needs assessment of mother-child attachment in the visitation process of the largest women’s prison in Chile. Her evaluation work is grounded in data visualization and storytelling techniques developed from six years of experience in Communications at John Snow, Inc. Alissa has also served communities across the United States as a member of AmeriCorps NCCC.

Alissa has a Master’s in Macro Social Work from Boston College and a BA in English from the University of New Hampshire. Away from the office Alissa volunteers for children in her community as a CASA, and enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and exploring the outdoors.