Alyssa manages SEARAC’s annual Leadership & Advocacy Training (LAT), our flagship program, and our Leadership, Empowerment, & Advocacy Fellowship (LEAF). She also leads the planning of SEARAC’s biennial Southeast Asian American Equity Summit.
Alyssa holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in economics and psychology from the University of Virginia. While an undergraduate, she worked as a research assistant in UVA’s Social Neuroscience Laboratory, specifically researching perceptions of Asian Americans and implicit biases. She also served on the executive councils of the Organization of Young Filipino Americans and a leadership development organization focused on connecting students to career opportunities in the fashion industry.
Prior to SEARAC, Alyssa worked in the wedding industries in both Charlottesville and Virginia Beach. Following an event coordinator internship with Harvest Moon Catering, she spent her last year in college working in their events office. After graduating, Alyssa managed weddings for an event planning business based in Virginia Beach. However, before long the desire to amplify the AAPI voice she cultivated in college and empower AAPI communities reshaped her professional goals, leading her to SEARAC.
Alyssa spent her childhood in Washington, Belgium, and Virginia before moving to Washington, DC, to channel her skills and experiences toward advocacy.