Alyssa Studer leads and manages CONNECT, an experiential learning program that matches advanced degree student consultants with nonprofit and for-profit organizations for project-based research, data analytics and program evaluation support. Alyssa’s journey at UT-Austin began at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, where, in conjunction with local funding partners, UT-Austin faculty and staff, she designed and piloted the CONNECT program and later, scaled its impact. Previous to her time at UT, Alyssa served as a Central Texas Data Contractor for the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation and as a high school chemistry teacher, soccer and cross-country coach in Fort Worth and Austin Independent School Districts. Originally, from Wisconsin, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison with degrees in Botany and Environmental Studies and was a member of the 2014 Teach For America – Dallas/Fort Worth Corps. In her spare time, Alyssa enjoys spending time with her husband and two sassy (but adorable!) dogs, playing, coaching and watching soccer, and exploring new outdoor spaces so she can keep up with her plant identification skills.