Alyssa Kies serves as Executive Assistant and Board Liaison at SPUR's San Francisco offices. Her responsibilities include providing administrative assistance to SPUR's Executive Director, Board of Directors and Advisory Council.
Prior to this role, Alyssa served as a Communications Intern at SPUR, sending out e-newsletters, beta-testing SPUR's website redesign and managing online content. She also helped research and write SPUR's Future of Downtown San Jose policy report.
Alyssa earned her B.A. in Geography with an emphasis on Economy, Culture and Society from UC Berkeley. Her upbringing in south San Jose led to her research on the creation of worker identity on the suburban corporate campus.
Alyssa spent her time in college learning about nonprofit governance as a member and later, as president of one of the houses in the Berkeley Student Cooperative. She is trained in conflict mediation and has experience facilitating workshops on sensitive topics like privilege and consent. Her previous experience is as a journalist and theater critic.