Alisa Del Tufo

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Visiting Faculty

Alisa Del Tufo's career has been dedicated to making impact at the nexus of practice and policy; individual and community change; intellectual pursuit and activism with the goal of ending violence in the lives of women and girls addressing racism and other deep social challenges. She has founded three organizations: Sanctuary for Families, CONNECT, and Threshold Collaborative.


Del Tufo's policy and legislative efforts have resulted in federal, state and local reforms, including the establishment of a 3 million dollar fund for housing support for women survivors of violence and children, changes in criminal justice, child welfare and health reform.  In addition, she consults with individuals and organizations using a variety of narrative and community engagement strategies to build positive change. Del Tufo is the author or two books on domestic violence and child abuse and multiple articles. She has been awarded the Charles Revson Fellowship for the Future on NYC (1988/89), a Rockefeller Fellowship (1998), and in 2007 was elected, for a lifetime, into the Ashoka Fellowship, a global network of leading social entrepreneurs. She is also the recipient of Union Theological Seminary’s prestigious Distinguished Alumna Award and in 2008, Colgate University’s Humanitarian Award. Del Tufo is a graduate of Colgate University and received her Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. She has taught at the Marlboro Graduate School of Management and Sustainable Practice, Middlebury College and Southern Vermont College. Del Tufo has been a recurring visiting faculty member at Bennington since Spring 2018.