Alissa’s role at Omidyar Network is to improve the relationship between citizens and government through driving sector-level change in government and the emerging civic technology ecosystem. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Alissa was director of the California Civic Innovation Project at New America Foundation where she was responsible for developing the project’s strategy and managing the research portfolio. Previously, she served as the government relations director at Code for America, working closely with local government partners to drive innovation and the adoption of civic technology. She also worked on the emerging technology team for the City and County of San Francisco. There her team worked to bring open government to the city. Alissa earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a minor in anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in urban planning from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University.