Director of Community Impact
Urban Libraries Council
Alisha Powell Gillis serves as the Director of Community Impact for the Urban Libraries Council (ULC). In this role, Alisha is responsible for developing a culture of data-driven, outcome based programs among ULC members, developing frameworks for libraries, and connecting libraries to critical issues in state and local government. Prior to ULC, Alisha served the nation's governors for nearly a decade at the National Governors Association Homeland Security & Public Safety Division. As program director, Alisha was responsible for overseeing all management, operational, strategic and financial activities of the division's homeland security program. Prior to serving as program director, Alisha served several roles at NGA, including senior policy analyst, policy analyst and program assistant. In addition to NGA, Alisha has served as a senior analyst for E3 Federal Solutions and peer teacher of Politics of the Middle East for Hofstra University. Alisha holds a master’s degree in global security studies from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Hofstra University.