Alissa started her 15-year career as Corps Member serving with the flagship AmeriCorps program, City Year, in her hometown Cleveland, OH. Serving in communities across the country, Alissa held a variety of positions including Event Manger, Corporate Partnership Manager, Program Director, Fundraising Director, and Training Director. Her eight years with City Year were life changing and provided her with a solid foundation of expertise in team building, leadership development, program and project development/management, non-profit management, training development, curriculum development, communications and the ability to function with a smile on very little sleep.
She decided to share this expertise with a broader audience and moved to Austin, TX where she transitioned from direct community service to consulting and training, a more macro approach of addressing community needs. As the Director of Education with Greenlights for NonProfit Success (focused on strengthening the sector in Central Texas), and the Training and Development Specialist with OneStar Foundation (a state and federal funded resource for all Texas nonprofits and faith-based organizations), Alissa provided guidance and resources to organizations to increase their impact. Staying within the nonprofit sector, but changing missions, Alissa became the Director of Marketing and the Director of Youth Programs for the Austin Film Festival, a nonprofit organization dedicated to inspiring and championing the work of all artists who use film to tell a story. Seemingly disparate from her career experiences, AFF provide her with a new opportunity to gain increased skills in marketing, public relations and partnership management.
Alissa decided to see if everything she gained as a professional in the nonprofit sector would translate to the corporate world and joined the staff of AllClear ID, a company that offers identity theft protection services to individuals and businesses. As the Business Program Manager, Alissa provided business clients with a single point of contact for crisis management and response following a data breach. The transition was pretty seamless, and she was able to bring new perspective and energy to the corporate environment. She also gained invaluable customer service skills, especially in dealing with highly stressed and emotional customers.
So, how does one go from all that to Chico Natural Foods Co-op? Each New Year’s holiday for the past few years, Alissa visited friends from City Year living in Chico. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the town, and when she came across a posting for a position at the Co-op she decided to take a chance. Two weeks later, she was planning her move to Chico and wondering if she would be able to transition, again, into new industry. As the Front End Manager, Alissa manages the front end goals and employees, participates in store-wide strategic planning and operations, and provides the store with amazing paper/tape collages and laughs. She also enjoys playing soccer, buying out the store’s chocolate milk supply, building her record collection and supporting her Cleveland Browns.