Alisa's twenty-year career has focused within the human rights field as an advocate for women and girls, namely refugees and asylum seekers, especially those displaced throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.
She currently serves as Executive Director at Heshima Kenya where she advocates to create a safe and just world for unaccompanied refugee girls and young women. Alisa's leadership was honored as an "International Woman Leader" by Chicago Woman magazine and named a 2017 Emerging Leader by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. She has also appeared on NPR's "Worldview" and frequently speaks on issues of forced migration and women's rights. Alisa holds certifications in Forced Migration from Northwestern and Oxford Universities, a BA in Humanities and an MA in Comparative Religions. Alisa currently serves on Chicago Council on Global Affairs Women and Global Development Advisory Committee.