Alissa is the Executive Director for Partnership for Educational Justice. Prior to joining PEJ in 2015, she was an associate at a boutique law firm, where she had a broad range of litigation experience in state, federal and appellate courts. Her areas of practice included civil rights and criminal defense litigation. She represented clients in a number of complex and noteworthy cases, including one of the plaintiffs in the Central Park Five civil rights litigation. In recognition of her work in that case, where a landmark $41 million settlement was achieved for the wrongfully convicted Central Park Five, she was selected as a finalist for the Public Justice 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, a distinction presented to attorneys who make outstanding contributions to the public interest through precedent-setting litigation.
Alissa graduated from Cornell University, cum laude, with a B.S. in Communication and a concentration in Spanish. She went on to graduate from the University of Miami School of Law in 2009, where she was a Clinic Fellow for the Children and Youth Law Clinic. As a Clinic Fellow, she advocated on behalf of foster care children and was awarded the Henry Bandier Fellowship and the Dean’s Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Academic Performance.