Alisa is the Assistant Director at the MIT Governance Lab focusing on developing new strategic partnerships and translating evidence into practice. Prior to MIT, she was a research fellow at Yale University focusing on urban climate governance, environmental equity, and international policy. She is a World Social Science Fellow in sustainable urbanization and a member of the National Science Foundation-funded Research Coordination Network on sustainable cities. Previously, Alisa worked for the global governance team at the World Resources Institute on environmental rights related to access to information, participation, and justice. She holds a Masters from Yale University and a Bachelor’s from The George Washington University.
Projects February 2018
Transparent: Testing Access to Information and Government Responsiveness
MIT GOV/LAB is partnering with civil society to test access to information laws at the local level and better understand what motivates bureaucrat behavior on transparency.
Projects December 2017
Data Science to Solve Social Problems
GOV/LAB's Data Science to Solve Social Problems seminar series brings together researchers and practitioners to discuss technical solutions to "real world" social problems.
Projects November 2016
Access Denied? Testing Freedom of Information Laws in East Africa
To investigate whether citizens can access public information and exercise their rights, MIT GOV/LAB is partnering with Twaweza to determine the success or failure rates of information requests at local district offices.