Alyssa Kuchenreuther, Small Business Research & Engagement Intern
Branch Location: Portland, OR
Hometown: Bellingham, WA
Education: MBA at Western Washington University (2015)
Biography: Alyssa recently earned her MBA degree from Western Washington University (WWU). During her time in graduate school she worked extensively on a year-long policy and research project analyzing human trafficking on the Western Coast of the United States. While in school Alyssa worked as an intern with the Bellingham Angel Investors, as a marketing intern for the Low Income Housing Institute in Seattle promoting a computer literacy program, and supported WWU MBA program marketing and recruitment efforts for two years as a graduate assistant. Alyssa is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma honors society. Prior to graduate school Alyssa served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Catholic Housing Services in Bellingham, WA. Alyssa was responsible for building community among 200 diverse clients residing in three separate low-income apartment buildings. She also taught English in Seoul, South Korea after graduating with her BA in Economics in 2010. Alyssa is from Bellingham, WA and recently relocated to Portland, OR.
Project Description: Under the guidance of the Foundation’s Community Engagement Manager in Portland, Alyssa will help expand the “Money on a Mission” initiative. She will survey small business owners, community stakeholders including public agencies, and mission-aligned lenders to identify the gaps and opportunities to help small business owners access capital in Portland and Oregon. She will also create content on the Foundation’s website.