Alyssa is a member of the faculty in the McDonough School of Business where she is a Teaching Professor in the MBA and Undergraduate programs. She is also the Academic Director of the Georgetown Pivot Program, a non-degree certificate in business and entrepreneurship for formerly incarcerated individuals.
Alyssa began her career in finance as a corporate relationship manager at Bankers Trust Company, and then joined management consultants McKinsey & Company, where she focused on the financial services and consumer retailing sectors in the US and Europe. She left consulting to become the co-Founder of the Great Little Trading Company (GLTC Ltd), a UK-based online and mail-order retailer of children’s household products.
After ten years, Alyssa stepped down from day-to-day management of the company and became an advisor to both commercial and social sector start-ups. She returned to the US in 2007, and launched New Venture Mentors, a platform to support aspiring entrepreneurs from underserved economic communities. She is also currently an advisor to local non-profits including Broad Futures, which work with employment partners to provide internships for learning disabled young adults, and Dog Tag Bakery, an entrepreneurship-based transition and re-entry program for disabled vets and their caregivers.
At Georgetown, Alyssa teaches courses in entrepreneurship and management. She also serves as senior advisor to the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative. Alyssa has a Bachelor of Arts (honors) in government from Harvard University, an MBA (finance/public administration) from the NYU Stern School of Business, and a Doctorate in Social Work from the University of Southern California.