Alya Davis

Alya Davis
Program Assistant

Alya Davis serves as the Program Assistant for the Sustainable Environments team at the Surdna Foundation. Alya grew up in Camphill Communities, both in the United Kingdom and the United States, which are residential communities for young adults with developmental disabilities. It concerns Alya that communities like Camphill where people of all ranges of ability engage in meaningful work together are out of the ordinary and categorized as “alternative.” This sentiment has impacted and influenced both her academic work and career.

Alya began her career as an intern on a congressional campaign, which solidified her passion for grassroots movements. She then received a scholarship for a research study-abroad program and conducted independent research on the intersections between disability rights movements and responses to a changing climate in two communities in Vietnam and Morocco. This led to an internship at the Ford Foundation, where she was hired to create procedural suggestions within their Natural Resources and Climate Change team and worked on making their global strategy more inclusive of disability rights. After that, she worked on the Institutional Development team at the Guggenheim Museum, and as a Coordinator for the Membership team at the Global Impact Investing Network.

Alya graduated as a first-generation student from Marist College, with a bachelor’s degree in political science and as a Fulbright Research Award semi-finalist.