Alys is a founding principal at Engage. She has worked on strategic advocacy for over thirty years, advising congress, major environmental organizations, foundations, candidates, and companies. Alys leads strategic assessments and creates and manages mission-driven campaigns to achieve state and federal policy change. She also helps clients define opportunities and navigate complex policy and regulatory environments as they launch sustainability initiatives.
Her work has encompassed a diverse array of issues including flood mitigation, juvenile justice, marine conservation, climate and energy, prescription drug abuse, education, food safety, fiscal reform, asset inequality, children’s health and state procurement. She helped scope, form and launch the Aquarium Conservation Partnership, a collective impact collaborative of leading aquariums driving conservation change. Alys moved to Charleston after spending a decade in Washington, DC helping create and lead the External Affairs department of the Center for American Progress, a nationally influential think tank, working as Legislative Director for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and as a Legislative Aide in the U.S. House and Senate. She also served as a Vice President at the I’On Group, a New Urban development firm, where she was responsible for branding and marketing initiatives, sales operations, and developing partnerships to advance sustainable building and urban redevelopment initiatives.
Alys holds degrees with honors from Wesleyan University and New York University. Locally, she serves as Vice President of Charleston Waterkeeper and she is a volunteer Guardian Ad Litem for abused and neglected children.