After doing community development in Indonesia, Alissa earned a Master’s in Public Health, worked in Hawaiian nonprofits and the Hawaii legislature, and ran an international exchange organization in California.
Alissa and her husband, Neal, moved to Mt. Tabor in 1994 when Neal became the head of Mercy Corps. While Neal travels around the world, Alissa devotes most of her time to the community and state where she and Neal have raised their three children.
As State Representative for House District 46, Alissa focuses on building healthy families and neighborhoods. She has championed several bills to support local farmers and increase nutrition, especially among low income families.