Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Alissa is known for creating beautiful images in the world's most troubled areas, focusing on the humanity and dignity of people worldwide. Since 2003, she has covered conflicts on all 7 continents in over 75 countries including: Sudan, Gaza, the West Bank, Pakistan and the DRC, as well as many travel features across the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America.
She has been featured in "O" the Oprah Magazine and Popular Photography, and in 2009 starred in "In Harm's Way" a reality documentary show about war photographers on the CW. She received a BA in Political Science and International Relations from UCLA, served in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, and worked for three years as an investment banker with Robertson Stephens in San Francisco, CA. She speaks Spanish, French and Wolof.
In 2007, Alissa is proud to have founded, Exposing Hope, a 501C3 non-profit organization (www.exposinghope.org), to raise awareness and funds for victims of human rights abuses worldwide through documentary photography.
She is currently represented by Getty Images, has exhibited work in San Francisco, LA, and NY, and has been recognized by several international photography competitions. Her work has been published by: UNICEF, WFP, UNHCR, Global Fund for Women, Women's Refugee Commission, Google, Oprah Magazine, Traveler Overseas, Bushtracks, Royal African Safaris, Hart Howerton, BBC, CNN, AP, Reuters, The Guardian, Sunday Times London, Popular Photography, Business Week, Entrepreneur Magazine, Islands, Traveler Overseas, AMREF, Afghan Institute for Learning, the Millennium Promise, HEAL Africa, Exposing Hope, Windle Trust.