Alyssa Fisher-Cohen, Managing Director of School Partnerships

Alyssa Fisher-Cohen hails from the windswept plains of West Bloomfield, Michigan, and has managed to hold on to her heartland values despite five years in the smogswept basins of Southern California. As Catalyst's Managing Director of School Partnerships throughout the Northeast, Alyssa Fisher-Cohen (or AFC, as we affectionately call her) is responsible for overseeing all of our relationships with schools throughout New Jersey, New York, and New England. After thirteen years of Catholic school, Alyssa received an academic scholarship to attend Indiana University as an honor student and earned the Michigan Merit Award based on her SAT and ACT scores, an accolade that sparked her lifelong love affair with test preparation. When she's not inspiring Catalyst's East Coast Directors and helping parents navigate the increasingly byzantine college prep process, Alyssa pursues a wide range of interests, including cooking, learning foreign languages, attending local theatre, and rooting – sometimes raucously – for her hometown's hockey team, the Detroit Red Wings. (We, at Catalyst, like her cooking pursuit the best.) Though her Midwestern modesty would preclude her from singing her own praises, Alyssa is a soprano in her church choir, an outstanding red-velvet-cupcake-baker, and an enthusiastic boogie boarder with her boogie board companion and loving husband, Aaron.

Why She Works for Catalyst

More than any other aspect of her position, Alyssa loves hearing from our students who have earned scholarships based on their outstanding test scores.

How the Universe Has Punished Her for Being a Freakishly Good Test-Taker

Sources close to Alyssa, possibly married to her, maintain that she is physically incapable of packing lightly. Quick weekend trip? Six pairs of shoes minimum.

Favorite 80s Movie / Favorite 80s Nobel Laureate

Dirty Dancing or The Little Mermaid (couldn’t decide) / Trygve Haavelmo (Nobel Prize in Economics, 1989) or Naguib Mahfouz (Nobel Prize in Literature, 1988) (couldn’t decide)