Alissa Sears

Co-Founder / adVenturesAcademy
Vice President: Strategy & Growth / Christie & Co

With a background in Strategic Planning, Brand Strategy, Investor Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility Program Development, Alissa heads Christie & Co’s Strategic Planning and Growth Strategy Sectors and serves as the Executive Director of the Christie CommUnity Foundation.

With her degree in Communication, Education, and International Relations from the University of California San Diego, Alissa leads Christie & Co’s Strategic Planning Team to develop results-oriented, comprehensive strategies across multiple industries for clients ranging from natural products companies to impact investment groups, gourmet food products to outdoor companies, conservation organizations, financial organizations, and beyond. Alissa is Vice President of The California Coast Venture Forum/Clean Business Investment Summit, Founding Partner of KIWA Investment Summit: Latin America, and serves on the Board of Directors of Channel Islands Outfitters. She serves as an advisor to New Hope’s NEXT Accelerator, CircleUp, Impact Hub Santa Barbara, the Karma Project Nepal, Antioch University’s MBA Program on Social Enterprise, Cal State Lutheran University’s MBA in Sustainability, Yellow Leaf Hammocks, and is a Social Enterprise Scout for RSF Social Finance. Recognized as Forbes 25 Most Influential Kingmakers in Consumer and Retail. Pacific Coast Business Times 40 under 40.