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Georgetown University Class of 2008


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Alanna Hughes

Alanna Hughes is a cross-sectoral leader at the intersection of business and social impact, specifically focused on innovation, strategy, economic inclusion, and DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging). She currently leads innovation for Per Scholas, a national workforce development nonprofit focused on advancing economic equity through skills training and access to employer networks for individuals often excluded from tech careers. She comes from a background that spans both the private and social sectors, ranging from Strategy Consulting at Deloitte to international economic development work through the Peace Corps, a global social entrepreneurship nonprofit (Ashoka), and launching a social enterprise's operations in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Alanna holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School, and a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. On a volunteer basis, she serves as chair of the Boston Advisory Board for Soccer Without Borders, co-lead of the Equity & Inclusion Council for Phillips Academy’s Alumni Council, and a judge for various innovation / startup competitions. She’s also the co-founder of Withinnovate!, innovation- and intrapreneurship-focused professional development for nonprofit early career professionals. She lives in Salem, MA with her husband, son, and spunky Cavapoo.