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hi there. my name is Alyssa.

I’m from rural Vermont, which has instilled in me the value of uplifting ideas in my communities. I try to continue that tradition by bridging design methods and research with participatory practices in my work in international development and design. As a result, I consider myself somewhat of a design translator: helping bridge the gap between design and its use by others. This work has cultivated a deep commitment to civic engagement, ethics, and sustainability.

My path has led me to work with USAID, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Orbis International, and Reboot, among others. I (will) hold a MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons School of Design and a Honors BS in Community & International Development from the University of Vermont.

Currently, I’m based in Brooklyn, NY, where you can find me reading in the park, trying to find all the vegetarian dumplings, and DJing on the weekends.