Age: 26 Home Town: White Plains, New York Education: B.A. in Sociology from Boston University; M.A. in International Development from Brandeis University Specific Field Interests: Adolescent Girls Right to Education Placement: LAMP (Learning and Migration Program), New Delhi Area of Focus: Education
Highlights: Alyssa has been in the field of International Development for the past 6 years working mainly in the education sector. During her junior year in college, she was able to spend a semester in Niamey, Niger. While there, she had her first taste of development, teaching impoverished children. After college, Alyssa moved to Jaipur, India to take a job teaching English in a slum dweller community. From there she moved to Chonburi, Thailand to teach at a government high school for a year. Upon returning to the US, Alyssa became part of an AmeriCorps program called City Year in Baton Rouge, LA which works with low-income high school students who are at risk of dropping out. Alyssa spent this past year in Hyderabad, India surveying government secondary schools with the NGO VOICE4Girls.