hi there.

My name is Alyssa. I consider myself somewhat of a design translator; helping bridge the gap between design and its use by others.

I’m from rural Vermont, which has instilled in me the notion of working to uplift ideas in my communities. I try to continue that tradition by bridging design methods and research with participatory practices in my work. I’m currently pursuing my Masters at Parsons School of Design where I’ve cultivated a deep commitment to civic engagement, ethics, and sustainability.

With a background in international development, I’ve previously worked for USAID, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Orbis International, and Reboot, among others. I’m currently based in Brooklyn, NY, but you can find me reading in the park, finding all the vegetarian dumplings, and DJing on the weekends.


I wear many hats:

Social & Design Researcher…

Project Manager…

Workshop Facilitator…

Patient Listener…


Which lets me:

Ask deep questions

Keep things organized

Lead as well as follow

Lift up others voices

Read a room :)


MFA, Transdisciplinary Design @ Parsons

BS, Community & International Development @ University of Vermont