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Alissa is co-Interim Director at Innovation Network. In addition to finding ways to build equity into our organizational processes, she supports foundation and nonprofit partners such as Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Alliance for Early Success, 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 equitable evaluation plans that engage all stakeholders, visualizing organization and community members’ 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.

Featured Work
  • Working with staff of the Annie E. Casey Foundation to build a strategic framework and facilitate learning conversations across the Foundation. Innovation Network provided thought partnership, facilitation, and individualized technical assistance to Foundation leadership and portfolio staff.
  • A multi-site evaluation of state campaigns to close youth prisons. The evaluation, funded by the Public Welfare Foundation, resulted in the description of Youth First’s capacity building model and case studies of two state campaigns.
  • A multi-year evaluation of Community Change’s Power in Places Initiative which contributed to a theoretical grounding for the evaluation of power building.