Alyssa Banks Program Officer, National Food Demonstration

Inspiration: “We must use time creatively, and forever realize that the time is always ripe to do right.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

What working in this community means to me: “I have been deeply committed to working on the most pressing issues that impact the communities I am a part of and an ally to since the moment I was able to work. While needs and challenges remain, it is the assets, resiliency and hope that never cease to inspire me. I aspire to inspire before I tire, retire and expire.”

Alyssa is a program officer on the innovation team where her portfolio is focused on strengthening local community food systems and increasing food security in the Twin Cities region and in partnership with other United Way chapters nationally and internationally.

Prior to coming to United Way, Alyssa worked as a consultant with the Creative CityMaking Initiative, a program that pairs local artists in residence with city departments to address racial equity. She brings nearly a decade of public health expertise to United Way, having worked at a national public health association in Washington, D.C. as well as leading an initiative for the City of Minneapolis’ Health Department. Alyssa is a trained researcher and evaluator who has worked on dozens of studies with Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research (HACER.) She holds a master’s degree in public and nonprofit administration from Metropolitan State University and a bachelor’s degree in communication studies with a minor in Spanish from the University of Minnesota.

Alyssa is a member of the Minneapolis Homegrown Food Council, a self-proclaimed foodie, and proud Minnesotan. 

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