Alyssa Fischer is the Strategy and Management Associate for WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities. Alyssa leads WRI Cities’ engagement with the Habitat III process towards the goal of creating an actionable, measurable vision for the cities of the future through influence on international, national, and local policy development. She is responsible for external stakeholder engagement in the forthcoming World Resources Report on sustainable, equitable cities and manages in-kind partnerships for the Center. She also led the Center’s COP21 engagement and contributes to strategic management through the Center’s scaling strategy to reach new geographies. Alyssa is actively engaged with the Gender Working Group as well, working to integrate gender perspectives into sustainable cities projects.
Prior to joining WRI, Alyssa worked as a corporate sustainability consultant with ERM. In this role, she developed EHS and sustainability program strategies, composed sustainability reports and disclosures, and managed downstream recycling audits for corporations in a diversity of sectors, including utilities, biopharmaceuticals, manufacturing, and retail. She also performed carbon footprints and life cycle assessments for corporations in the pharmaceutical, consumer goods, manufacturing, environmental, and retail sectors. Other projects included the development and delivery of an internal sustainability education program for 400 of ERM’s top consultants in the US and Canada and the optimization of the hazardous waste program of one of the nation’s largest convenience store chains.
Alyssa holds a B.A. in Growth and Structure of Cities with a concentration in Sustainable Architecture from Bryn Mawr College and a M.S. in Sustainable Engineering from Villanova University. At Villanova she developed an holistic life cycle visualization tool that cross references environmental, social, and economic impacts against the value chain and relevant stakeholders of a project. She and her research partner delivered a TEDx talk on the project, which can be viewed at youtu.be/kEy92J3Y_So. Alyssa is currently working towards a certificate in Nonprofit Management from The George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and has also studied architecture in Copenhagen, Denmark and Hamburg, Germany.
Outside of work, Alyssa enjoys cycling, singing with her a cappella group, travel, and trying new recipes.