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Alison Mangiero

Senior Director

Alison MangieroAlison Mangiero is the senior director for the Manhattan Institute’s Adam Smith Society. Since its inception she has grown the Society from one student group at Harvard to over 30 chapters and 8,000 members. She is also Director of the College of the Holy Cross's New York City Program, which allows students to spend a semester in New York combining experiential learning with an academic seminar and capstone project. She teaches courses on Leadership Studies and Public Policy for the group. Alison was previously an instructor of political science at Holy Cross, and managed the Manhattan Institute’s higher education reform efforts as director of its Center for the American University. Ms. Mangiero earned a B.A. from the University of Richmond, and an M.A. in political science from Boston College, where she is currently a Ph.D. candidate. She serves on the Executive Board of Advisors for the University of Richmond's Jepson School of Leadership Studies.

Alissa Yi

Deputy Director

Alissa Yi is the Deputy Director of Operations for the Adam Smith Society. The driving force behind all of Smith Soc’s national events and conferences, she oversees the resources for our national office, as well as campus and professional chapters. Prior to joining Smith Soc and the Manhattan Institute, Alissa acquired development experience working for ROADS Charter High Schools. She joined MI in 2013 as a Smith Soc Program Officer. Beyond Smith Soc, she also manages the Manhattan Institute’s campus outreach initiative. Alissa graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a bachelor of arts in psychology. Originally from Westchester, Alissa currently calls New York City home.

Jeff Peacock

Program Manager

Jeff PeacockJeff Peacock is the Program Manager for the Adam Smith Society.  During the 2016 election cycle, he oversaw all operations for CARLY for America PAC (the super PAC supporting Carly Fiorina’s candidacy for president), serving as its Deputy National Field Director.  Later, during the same election cycle, he served as Chief Operating Officer for Evan McMullin’s independent presidential campaign.  In 2012, he served as Alabama Grassroots Chair for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign.  During his career, Jeff has also worked as a management consultant specializing in strategic and organizational effectiveness, and is the founder of several startup ventures.  He earned his MBA in economics and finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in finance from Florida State University.

Gregory J. Fitton

Marketing Communications Manager

Gregory J. Fitton is the marketing communications manager for the Adam Smith Society. He has prior experience at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, Success Academy Charter Schools, and the Cato Institute, as well as entrepreneurial experience in online media and martial arts. Gregory is from the greater New York City area and graduated from Syracuse University in 2012. 

Charlyce Bozzello

Program Officer

Charlyce Bozzello is a Program Officer at the Adam Smith Society. Before joining MI and the Adam Smith Society, she acquired professional experience working both on policy and on political campaigns. She interned at the Manhattan Institute while an undergraduate student at the College of The Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. She worked on the 2014 campaign to elect Charlie Baker Governor of Massachusetts as well as the 2015 campaign to elect Massachusetts State Representative Hannah Kane. Charlyce served as a legislative aide at the Massachusetts State House. She graduated from Holy Cross with a Bachelors degree in Political Science and English. Originally from Long Island, New York, Charlyce has recently and enthusiastically relocated back to New York City after her time in Massachusetts.

Alena McGonigle

Program Officer

Alena McGonigleAlena McGonigle is a program officer at the Adam Smith Society. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond, where she studied political science and history and competed in the shot put and discus as a Division 1 track and field athlete. Throughout her college career, Alena completed internships with both Senator Patrick Toomey and The Heritage Foundation. Originally from Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, Alena now resides in New York City.

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