Alissa is a long-time nonprofit executive and currently serves as the Executive Director of The Pollination Project, a not for profit organization that supports community change makers. In 2007 Alissa co-founded The Engage Network, and from 2007-2012 she served as co-Executive Director. During her time at Engage, Alissa led or advised on complex engagement projects for groups like Habitat for Humanity International, Slow Food USA, Roots of Change, Green for All, Off the Mat Into the World and the Flawless Foundation.
In the past fifteen years, Alissa has led Resourceful Women, an organization that provided financial education and philanthropic support to women, and served eight years as Executive Director of Julia Butterfly Hill’s Circle of Life. Alissa led efforts to create and produce We the Planet, the most eco-friendly large-scale rock concerts in the U.S., which became a leading model for “green events”. She has also produced multiple promotional and educational media projects. Alissa has served on several nonprofit advisory boards and boards of directors, and regularly provides strategic and business consulting to nonprofit corporations, artists, and socially responsible businesses.
Alissa holds an MBA in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Francisco and a BA from Oberlin College. Alissa is also a mom and advocate for her local foster care system.