Alyssa Curran serves as Manager, Programs. In this role, Alyssa engages in and manages grant-making within the foundation’s portfolio of grant programs. As a part of this, she supports and builds relationships with partner grantees and volunteers.
Prior to joining the Deaconess staff, Alyssa served as Program Officer at the Fremont Area Community Foundation in West Michigan. In this position, she engaged in grant review, strategic planning, collaborative leadership, and evaluation development for the Community Foundation. Prior to her role as Program Officer, Alyssa spent a year at the Fremont Area Community Foundation as a Poverty Research Fellow as well as part of her graduate work at Illinois State University in Community and Economic Development.
Alyssa received her Bachelor’s degrees in both Economics and Mathematics from Webster University, and Master’s degree in Applied Economics from Illinois State University. She has also studied abroad at Webster University in Geneva, Switzerland.
Outside of her work, Alyssa has recently served as a Big Sister in Fremont, Michigan to a wonderful 9 year old girl. She has been learning how to box as well as the art of yoga, and enjoys experimenting with cooking and practices for health and wellbeing. She plays violin and cello, and has recently been in an indie rock band with a shoegaze bent, eclectically named Sweaters. Alyssa also has a profound love of animals, with dogs in particular.