Alyssa works at the intersection of open technology and mapping. As Vice President of Partnerships and Business Development at Mapzen, she leads community initiatives and communications to bring the best mapping capabilities to organizations of all sizes. She is also President of OpenStreetMap US, the largest open spatial dataset in the world. Throughout her work, she is driven to build mapping tools that are powerful means of connection. She received an M.A. in Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, where her work focused on documenting technologies of empathy within geospatial contexts. Alyssa completed a Masters in physical computing from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a B.A. in women’s studies, and a concentration in media studies and design.