Alyssa is originally from northern Virginia and joins ASD as the Groundwork Capacity Building VISTA. Her Khoibu Naga-American heritage provides an Indigenous perspective to ASD. She visited her family in Manipur, India for the first time in July 2019 and has grown a greater appreciation for both natural and built environments. She earned her BS in Geographic Science, with a custom concentration in GIS and Socio-Ecological Change at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Before ASD, she was a grassroots organizer on and off campus, and helped launch, advocate for, and organize renewable energy and fossil fuel divestment campaigns. She has fieldwork and research experience in ESRI StoryMapping, food access and food sovereignty, environmental justice, and community engagement. She is relocating to Bristol, TN in May 2021 where she will immerse herself in the Appalachian region and learn to call it home. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, hiking, petting her cat Kiki (if she lets her), spending time with friends and family, listening to music, and playing Animal Crossing on her Nintendo Switch.