Alisa Bernard is the Director of Education and Partnerships at the Organization for Prostitution Survivors (OPS). Ms. Bernard is a survivor of prostitution and other forms of gender based violence. She has first-hand understanding regarding the impacts systemic gender based violences have on our society as a whole and the individuals within it. Since exiting prostitution over a decade ago, Ms.Bernard has had a vibrant professional life as a board member, mentor, advocate, and educator, and as a consultant to law enforcement, legislators, journalists and writers. She is a published author having written numerous articles related to gender based violence and is known for her ability to network and encourage collaborative work among survivors. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Public Administration from the University ofWashington.