Alleanne Anderson emigrated to Texas from the city of Kingston, Jamaica, in 2015 at 16 years old. She graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and Psychology, both with magna cum laude honors. During her university studies, she participated in internships at the local, state, and federal levels of government.
Alleanne served as a 2018 Civic Houston Intern in the office of Mayor Pro Tem Ellen Cohen, where she liaised between Houston residents and local agencies, facilitating the improvement of local infrastructure and the provision of essential services. She was then selected to represent the University of Houston’s Hobby School of Public Affairs at the Texas State Capitol, as a 2019 Hobby Fellow. Not only did she gain direct legislative experience, aiding the passage of 5 bills which were signed into law, but also took the lead on constituent casework, helping persons across a diverse spectrum with unique concerns.
The following year, Alleanne was named a 2020 Leland Fellow, to represent the University of Houston at the nation’s Capitol. Through these fellowship programs, she gained invaluable knowledge on the issues affecting the most underserved throughout the country. One in which she took a particular interest was that of homelessness in schools. She had worked on this issue in direct collaboration with SchoolHouse Connection (SHC), during her time spent in the Texas legislature. Alleanne is honored to serve in her role as Policy and Outreach Associate for as impactful an organization as SHC; what she believes is the start of a long career in public service.