Alaina earned her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration at Wayne State University in her hometown of Detroit, Michigan. As someone who benefited greatly from the direct involvement of her teachers, she decided to join Teach For America to teach high school mathematics as a Dallas - Fort Worth corps member. Alaina's professional background includes experience working in and consulting with startups, corporations, nonprofits, and public sector organizations. She specializes in developing systems that help organizations grow and scale with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion.
Furthering her business education, Alaina graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with an MBA. She was the recipient of the Paul Cuffe Leadership Award and active in the Entrepreneurship & Venture Capital Association, Net Impact, Olin Women in Business, the Olin Diversity Council, and the Consortium. As the President of the Olin Diversity Council, she led initiatives to make the Olin Business School a more diverse and inclusive place for students, staff, and faculty. As a direct result of these initiatives, the Olin Business School now has a diversity and inclusion strategy that includes program evaluations; diversity and inclusion training as leadership development for all graduate business students; and a permanent Diversity & Inclusion Committee comprised of students, staff, and faculty. In addition to her impact at the Olin Business School, she has been an internal champion of diversity, inclusion, and systemic fairness in many organizations.
Alaina is a mentor and subject matter expert for Net Impact’s Racial Equity Fellows, and she continues to advise Olin Business School’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. She was a guest speaker at the Equality Lounge @ Dreamforce in 2017.
Select clients include: SmugMug, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), Third Plateau, Year Up Bay Area, the International Masonry Institute, Capital Impact Partners, and household-name tech companies.