Alyssa Patrick is a communication and outreach specialist for Washington State University, based in Seattle. Her work specifically focuses on advancing WSU’s research portfolio, and communicating the many ways universities impact regional economies and global well-being. A Yakima-native, Pullman graduate and Seattle resident, Alyssa really loves to nerd-out about the great state of Washington. She always looks forward to drives across the state accompanied by her favorite podcasts. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her “Little Sister” from Big Brothers, Big Sisters, writing, going on jogs to gas works, re-watching Parks and Rec with her friends, hanging out at the Octopus Bar, and swing dancing.
Crosscut’s very first Community Idea Lab is one of the first events Alyssa ever attended in Seattle, and she fell in love instantly. The idea that a news organization was encouraging such a dialogue on an important city topic was refreshing. Crosscut’s in-depth journalism at a time when the market is so over-saturated with repeated press releases is also vitally important to an informed citizenry – something Alyssa believes in wholeheartedly. Alyssa was excited to become a Civic Ambassador, and as she continued to see new ways that Crosscut impacted the community, and could continue to impact it even greater, she wanted the organizations do more.