Alissa joined the ACLU of North Carolina in January 2019 as the Regional Immigrants' Rights Strategist working to disrupt the deportation pipeline in the Southeast.
Prior to joining the ACLU-NC, Alissa served as the inaugural Deputy Director at the Southern Vision Alliance in Durham, NC, where she supported internal operations, core programs, member organizations, re-granting, and directed the Community Rapid Response Network.
Alissa obtained her B.A. in Political Science and J.D. at UNC-Chapel Hill. While at UNC Law, she led multiple student organizations and focused on providing legal support as a student practitioner in the Juvenile Justice Clinic, criminal record expunction clinics with NC Legal Aid, eugenics compensation clinics with the UNC Law Center for Civil Rights, and provided over 200 pro bono hours of support to low-income people. She was also a student representative to the Juvenile Defense section of the NC Advocates for Justice. After law school, Alissa worked as the first Deputy Director of the Marian Cheek Jackson Center in Chapel Hill, NC supporting their multiple areas of program work in affordable housing, civil rights education, and youth leadership development.
She lives in Durham with her son and her rowdy dog, Cornelius.