Prior to joining CANY Alissa served at the Director of Development at City Parks Foundation where she successfully managed a team of 9. She was responsible for generating revenue through corporate sponsorship, foundation, government, events and individual giving sources. In addition she brings 20 years of professional experience in non-profit and human resources management. Prior to joining CPF, Ms. Desmarais managed an expanding scope of responsibilities at the Synergos Institute and WNYC Radio. In both organizations, she led teams to operationalize processes and procedures and built new management systems to improve efficiency and organizational effectiveness.