Alyssa manages campaigns, assists in community-wide education initiatives, and serves as the programming lead for SEARAC’s trainings, conferences, and convenings. Prior to this role, she served as SEARAC’s Training Manager for three and a half years overseeing the execution of the organization’s flagship programs.
Alyssa holds Bachelors of Arts degrees in economics and psychology from the University of Virginia. Before joining SEARAC, she began her professional career in wedding planning following multiple internships in the special events and catering industries of both Charlottesville and Virginia Beach. During her undergraduate studies, she served as a research assistant at the UVA’s Social Neuroscience Laboratory, specifically helping conduct research on implicit biases and perceptions of Asian Americans. She also served on the executive councils of the Organization of Young Filipino Americans and the Futures in Fashion Association, a leadership development organization focused on connecting students to fashion industry career opportunities.
Alyssa spent her childhood in Washington, Belgium, and Virginia before moving to Washington, DC, to amplify the AAPI voice she cultivated in college and channel her skills and experiences toward advocacy. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys solving cryptograms, (over)analyzing books and movies, spending too much time (and money) at DC coffee shops, and running (while listening to the latest and greatest female empowerment songs, of course).