Alissa is a Program Associate for Africa at the Center for International Private Enterprise, focusing on West Africa and Sahel Portfolios. She is currently working on CIPE’s projects for Public-Private Collaboration for Security, Promoting Women’s Leadership in the Sahel, and Uplifting Youth Associations.
Alissa received her Master of Arts in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in 2023, where she concentrated in African Studies and Security, Strategy, and Statecraft. In 2020, she received her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, where she studied in Paris for six months.
Prior to joining CIPE, Alissa worked as a Program Assistant for the SAIS Women Lead Program at Johns Hopkins SAIS under Vice Dean Nwankwor, and was a political intern for the US Mission to the United Nations, working primarily on the Security Council.