McMaster University alumna Alyssa Lai works in public relations. Through volunteering, she found herself in the nonprofit world, a sector that has helped her thrive personally and professionally. Since arriving as a newcomer to Canada in 2008, Alyssa has worked and volunteered for more than 10 nonprofit organizations in Hamilton. She utilizes various communication channels and techniques to highlight the important work of different community organizations in the city.

In her journey to build her career toolkit, Alyssa wrote for CBC Hamilton, co-founded young professional groups,Hamilton Media Guild and Global Hamilton Connect, stage managed for an LGBTQ touring dance theatre show , and more.

A recipient of the 2014 YWCA Hamilton Women of Distinction (Public Affairs category) award and the 2015 McMaster Hamilton Community Impact Award, Alyssa has a BA (Honours) in communication studies and theatre and film studies from McMaster University. She is a true Gen-Yer with many online selfs. You can learn more at

 2018 Position: Director of Professional & Personal Development