Alyssa Schwenk is the development manager at the Fordham Institute, where she handles grant writing and ensures that funders’ money is well spent. Prior to coming to Fordham, she was a research associate at Change the Equation, where she conducted research and analysis on issues in STEM education and managed project evaluations and events centered on math and science learning. Alyssa started her education career teaching second grade and kindergarten at a D.C. charter school through Teach For America. She graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in history and communication, holds an M.Ed in early childhood education from George Mason University, and is working toward a Master’s in education policy at George Washington University. In her spare time, she enjoys running and competing in pub trivia.