Alison Kiss is the Executive Director of The Clery Center for Security on Campus (March 2011) and formerly served as Director of Programs (September 2005-September 2009.) She was instrumental in the development and implementation of curricula for the Safe On Campus Peer Education Program and for the Victim Support Services Module of the Clery Act Training Program. Ms. Kiss also applied her direct service crisis counseling skills to create policies and procedures for the Clery Center’s Victim Advocacy Program among many other accomplishments. Since her departure from the Clery Center in 2009, she remained an active supporter of the agency and assisted with development efforts and as an Instructor for the Clery Act Training Seminars at University of Massachusetts at Amherst and University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Kiss rejoined the Clery Center after serving as Director of Wellness, Alcohol, and Drug Education at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. She also remains active as an adjunct instructor teaching in criminal justice and sociology programs throughout the Delaware Valley. She has contributed and appeared in major media outlets, including CNN, NBC Today, CBS Early Show, Time Magazine, and FOX News. Ms. Kiss recently published book chapters on campus safety in “Victims of Sexual Assault and Abuse: Resources and Responses for Individuals and Families” and “Campus Crime” (3rd Ed).
She has provided services as an expert witness in campus sexual assault civil cases and is affiliated with many professional organizations, including: Rapid Response Expert Network, Violence Against Women Online Resources (VAWNET), Expanded Partners Group, “Vision 21: Transforming Victims Services”, Department of Justice: OVC-sponsored project, and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). She also served as a member of the National Attorneys General Task Force on School and Campus Safety.
Prior to her work at the Clery Center, Ms. Kiss worked in education, health education, and counseling. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish from The Catholic University of America and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Saint Joseph’s University where she completed a thesis on “Crisis Management in Secondary Schools.” She is currently enrolled in a residency Doctoral program in Higher Education Administration at Northeastern University. She is an avid distance runner and spends her time as a volunteer on the Board of Directors for the Kristin Mitchell Foundation and assisting with communications for the Preeclampsia Foundation.