As a project manager, Alyssa assists with financing applications, predevelopment work, community engagement, and fundraising for projects in Memphis, New Orleans, Hastings, MN, and Silver Spring, MD.
She graduated with a Master in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs, during which she worked at the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs as a community-based research assistant focusing on affordable housing, public financing, and survey research. After graduation, she interned with the City of Hopkins’ Planning and Economic Development Department and coordinated the Artery Experiment – an Open Streets event designed to engage Hopkins residents and visitors around plans for large-scale road reconstruction and public art infusion along a city street.
Alyssa is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association, the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, and the Pittston Tomato Festival Committee. Before becoming a Golden Gopher, Alyssa was a proud Nittany Lion; she also holds both a M.S. in Human Resources and Employment Relations and a B.S. in Spanish from the Pennsylvania State University.
Alyssa is passionate about affordable housing and the role of arts, culture, and history in community and economic development (and the link among them all), especially in cities blighted by post-industrial economic decline. Growing up in Northeast Pennsylvania, Alyssa lived among some of the country’s most formidable and abandoned coal breakers, iron furnaces, and textile mills – all of which, she believes, hold their own beauty and potential for revitalization and repurposing. You can find Alyssa exploring the various neighborhoods of the Twin Cities with her husband, Gene, and cooking, making lists, and pining over home décor and IKEA hack websites.