Associate Director, Analytics and Recruitment Operations

About Alyssa Szynal

Alyssa Szynal is the Associate Director of Recruitment Operations and Analytics at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, where she interacts with students on a daily basis. Alyssa tracks and reports on enrollment metrics for the Student Recruitment and Global Outreach team and assists with strategic planning of recruitment outreach. She also spends her time traveling to graduate fairs and events, answering questions for prospective students, and helping applicants through the admissions process. Alyssa previously worked in graduate admissions at Benedictine University, and she has an MA in leadership studies in higher education from North Central College and a BS in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Alyssa brings a deep love for current events and journalism to the team.

“Harris students go on to do incredible things. I work here because I get to support individuals who will use this program to change the world for the better.”

Get to Know Alyssa

Do you have a writer you most admire?

I’m reading a book by Vanity Fair writer Nancy Jo Sales called American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers. I really admire her style and the depth with which she writes.

What’s one or two things on your bucket list?

I caught the travel bug when I was able to go to Europe for the first time. I've been lucky to see some new places as I recruit for Harris, and I’m ready to continue expanding my travels. When I was at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas recently, I made a vow to ride an actual gondola in Venice, Italy. That’s definitely on my bucket list.

What superpower would you most like to have?

The power of flight (which conflicts with my fear of heights), but would allow me to see more of the world, more quickly.

Ask Alyssa About:

  • Current events (she’s a news junkie!)

  • The Chicago Blackhawks

  • Upcoming Chicago-area concerts