With nearly two decades leading mission-driven organizations, Alissa's primary focus and passion has been engaging people in brands, causes and ideas. Using network theory and classical project management processes, she designs, leds and executes practical initiatives and projects that improve business outcomes, increase stakeholder buy-in and forward DEI (diversity, equity & inclusion) efforts. Most recently, Alissa led the Pollination Project Foundation, a participatory grassroots grantmaking platform that invested over $3M in small grants across 3200 social change efforts in 115 countries in its first 5 years. Alissa holds an MBA from the University of San Francisco, a BA from Oberlin College, and recently received her Project Management Professional certification. She is a proud mom and advocate for her local foster care system, and is endlessly humbled and energized by the power of ordinary people to make a positive and meaningful difference in their workplace and in the world.
- I grew up wanting to be: a lawyer
- My most useless skill is: overthinking
- The best advice I ever got was: Underpromise and overdeliver
- Book I’m reading now: How we fight white supremacy: A field guide to black resistance