Alyssa Barnes

Marketing and Communications Manager


Alyssa Barnes is the Marketing and Communications Manager at the Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) where she develops, drives, and executes strategic marketing and communications plans. Primarily, Alyssa is responsible for all brand reputation initiatives; proposals, grant applications, and reports; and all external communications used to engage key stakeholders within the crisis management and philanthropic communities. Additionally, Alyssa directs, writes, and designs the Team’s keynote addressees and presentations for crisis management professionals, potential donors, members of the military, and graduate students on topics such as crisis management, leadership, technology, disaster management, and civil-military coordination. She directs HSAC’s entire print and digital image, ensuring HSAC is seen as a professional, innovative, value-adding voice in the crisis management community.

Prior to joining HSAC, Alyssa worked in communications and marketing in various institutions of higher education and non-profits. She brings strategic communications expertise, print, and digital campaign management experience. Alyssa is a member of the American Planning Association, the Municipal Management Association of Southern California, the American Society for Public Administration, and the International City Management Association.  

Alyssa earned her Master of Public Policy from Pepperdine University’s School of Public Policy, where she was a James Q. Wilson and Flora Thornton scholar, specializing in National Security, International Relations, and State and Local Policy. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Political Science, and Classics from the University of St. Thomas, Houston.