Alyssa Lawther is the Senior Research Officer at Funders for LGBTQ Issues, where they play a leading role in executing the organization’s research program. Alyssa developed strong data and analytic skills working at leading research institutions, most recently as a Research Associate at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT. Following this, they began a Ph.D. program in economics, driven by their interest in economics as a framework for addressing the causes and consequences of social inequity. However, their desire to more firmly ground their work in real-world advocacy led them to leave this program and pursue opportunities outside of academia. They are excited to work on increasing data accessibility for stakeholders.
Alyssa lives in San Francisco, where they enjoy cooking, going for meandering walks, and coveting their neighbors’ dogs.