Alisa Tiwari '14, MPA/JD '20 of Chevy Chase, Md., graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School with certificates in African American Studies and Urban Studies. Her senior thesis "Watch Where You Walk" on New York's stop and frisk tactics earned her the J. Welles Henderson '43 Prize in Legal Studies from the Law in Public Affairs program.
Tiwari is interested in promoting social justice, with a focus on civil rights issues, community and economic development and democratic studies. On campus, she served as a public health adviser, a community service trip leader, vice president of the South Asian Students Association, staff writer for Voices of Change magazine and the executive editor of Business Today magazine. She previously interned at the White House Office of Cabinet Affairs, facilitating coordination between cabinet members and the White House; the office of U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (CO), where she analyzed legislative issues; and the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, studying civil inequities and the challenges within the American criminal justice system.
The 2014 James D. Zirin Class of ’61 and Marlene Hess Scholar, Tiwari interned at the Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division. She spent the first year and a half of her fellowship with the Office of the Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Her final rotation was with the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY).
In summer 2017, Tiwari studied Spanish before entering Yale Law School to pursue a joint JD-MPA with the Wilson School. She has completed her degree in 2020.