Alyssa graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 with a B.A. in Political Science and Russian Studies. Her research projects at UCLA focused on former President Dmitry Medvedev’s use of social networks and the internet and on Russia’s modernization program. Alyssa traveled to Russia multiple times, including on the Russian Flagship Overseas Capstone program in St. Petersburg, where she attained distinguished fluency level in Russian language and tested at FSI level 3. She gained experience with Russian entrepreneurial ecosystem development during an internship with support from UCLA in the Enhancing University Research and Entrepreneurial Capacity (EURECA) program at St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics. She subsequently worked as project coordinator for UCLA’s EURECA program grant for two years. She is a recipient of the 2011-2012 David L. Boren Scholarship and the 2014-2015 FLAS Fellowship at Stanford, both for Russian study. Her interests are in post-Soviet development and modernization and entrepreneurship in Russia.