Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Alyssa Best focused her graduate work on reproductive politics, feminist activism, and young women's leadership. She incorporated her graduate training into her pedagogy as an Instructor of Shaping a Life, a first-year mission course at Douglass College. She also spent her graduate career working at the Institute for Women's Leadership at Rutgers, which fueled her passion for leadership development. She completed her practicum at the Pro-Choice Public Education Project in NYC, where she served as the Leadership Coordinator of a national young women's leadership council. She currently serves as a career coach for college women and young professionals with the ultimate goal of helping others find and sustain lifelong careers in the feminist movement.
- Committee: Mary Trigg, Samira Kawash, Cynthia Daniels
- Post-MA Employment/Education: Career Coach, alyssabest.com Co-founder and contributor, LYJnow.com Career Center Staff, American University
- Thesis/Practicum: Practicum: Building an Inclusive Movement: Young Women's Leadership and the Future of Reproductive Justice with Pro-Choice Public Education Project (NYC)