Alaïa works on the Operations team, where she helps coordinate office management and facilitate the fiscal management of the organization’s Vice Presidents. She also supports the Network and Education departments on special projects with the Ambassadors and the LFA program, respectively.
Originally from southwest Florida, Alaïa graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Reed College. Her senior thesis analyzed the sustainability of the Columbia River Basin Chinook salmon fishery using Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guidelines and concluded with recommendations for management. The thesis used this fishery system as an illustrative case study to examine the power of marketing certifications to drive consumer-fueled change in environmental policy—and on that note, Alaïa fully believes in the transformative impact of the Living Future challenges and transparency labels to create communities that are socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative.
When not at ILFI, she enjoys spending time in the PNW outdoors running, randonneuring, surfing, and foraging. Indoors, Alaïa maintains her contemporary calligraphy studio, creating wedding stationery and branding collateral for small businesses.