Alisa joined The Voices and Faces Project in 2008 after meeting The Project's founder, Anne K. Ream and being incredibly inspired by The Project's creative vision.
After graduate school, Alisa worked for Amnesty International's Urgent Action Network as a Campaign Coordinator for Amnesty's Stop Violence Against Women Campaign in Colorado, Arizona, and Illinois. Alisa also served as AIUSA's Western Regional Representative for the report and campaign Maze of Injustice: The Failure to Protect Indigenous Women from Sexual Violence in the US published in 2007.
As Communications Director for the 2009 Parliament of the World's Religions, Alisa led a marketing team of twenty to historic success, far surpassing media coverage generated by any previous Parliament. Believing in the power of new media to galvanize social justice movements, Alisa launchedPeaceNext.org, an online community of interfaith activists from over 80 countries—with over 3,000 members to date. Alisa has presented on new media and interfaith activism at universities and colleges across the country, at regional and national Amnesty International USA conferences and at various interfaith conferences.
Alisa holds a B.A. in Humanities, an M.A. in Comparative Religions, and wrote her thesis on Thomas Merton's Theology of the Self as Influenced by Christian Mysticism and Zen Buddhism. Alisa is a graduate of Women Unlimited and was named an Emerging Leader of Chicago by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN). Alisa serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Rape Victim Advocates, Chicago's oldest direct response agency for survivors of sexual violence. As a delegate to the United Nations 55th Commission on the Status of Women in March of 2011, she presented on Women and Spiritual Activism at the United Nations Church Centre.
Alisa presently serves on Amnesty International USA's Women Human Rights Coordination Group, advising on campaign priorities, strategy and membership mobilization in support of AIUSA's efforts to promote and protect women's human rights.