Alyssa offers expertise in community economic development, the creative economy, and workforce development. She most recently led an economic and community impact study for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and assisted in an evaluation of the impact of Goldman Sach's Urban Investment Group's (UIG) investments in New Orleans and Newark. She also recently managed the firm's engagement with the Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region and the Center for Economic Growth as the firm developed a creative economy plan for New York's Capital Region. Ms. Saunders has contributed to other projects including the firm's national cross-site evaluation of Living Cities' Integration Initiative, an assessment of Greater Denver's Small Business Technical Assistance Program, and a number of workforce development program evaluations throughout New England. As part of her work, Alyssa regularly designs customized interview protocols, conducts key informant interviews, designs, implements, and analyzes stakeholder surveys, facilitates focus groups, analyzes employment data and industry trends, and synthesizes this qualitative and quantitative research for final reports.
Alyssa has served on Somerville's Commission of Energy Use and Climate Change since 2009, and was appointed to represent the Young Somerville Mayor's Advisory Group on the steering committee for Somerville's 20-year comprehensive planning process.
Alyssa holds an M.A. in Urban Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University (2012) and a B.A. in Psychology from Brown University (2005).