Ten Things You Don’t Know About Alyssa Snyder

Alyssa Snyder

Alyssa Snyder

Alyssa Snyder is thrilled to have recently joined Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass as a nonprofit and tax associate.

Coblentz is a respected San Francisco Bay Area law firm with deep roots in and an unsurpassed commitment to the local community. Snyder has been an active BASF member for the past three years and currently serves as the co-chair of the Barristers Taxation Section. Learn more about Snyder:

1. I am a self-proclaimed “Double Washingtonian.” I was born in Washington, DC, and then proceeded to spend my formative years in Washington State, all the way through college at the University of Washington. Like most Pacific Northwesterners, I feel very fortunate to have been raised in such a beautiful place.

2. This past June I was married on Whidbey Island in a historic barn to my wonderful husband surrounded by close friends and family, after which we celebrated our nuptials over pasta and wine throughout central Italy.

3. I have four brothers, two sisters, and four parents. Life has never been dull!

4. Political Science was my un-dergraduate major, and studying Alexis de Tocqueville’s observations of American government and society fascinated me. This interest in how people form associations in civil society for the common good is what led me down my current career path in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Joining Coblentz and further building my legal career around the nonprofit community brings me great joy.

5. I am an adjunct professor and ongoing mentor to students at Golden Gate University School of Law. It is deeply rewarding to me to help students succeed academically and to watch them develop their own unique vision of how to fit into the legal community.

6. When I first moved to San Francisco in 2002, I was so terrified of earthquakes that I became NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team) certified through the San Francisco Fire Department. NERT is a free training program for individuals, neighborhood groups, and community-based organizations in San Francisco that teaches the basics of personal preparedness and hands-on disaster skills in the event of an emergency.

7. The tagine is my favorite cooking apparatus. If you’ve never eaten from a tagine or tried Moroccan food, I highly recommend it. The flavors and aromas might just change your life.

8. I have travelled to 27 countries and once proclaimed that I would like to reach a mark of 40 countries by the time I turned 40 years old. It is unlikely that I will attain this goal given the short amount of time I have left before that birthday comes knocking at my front door. Nevertheless, travel has and continues to keep my spirit young.

9. In another life I would be an oceanographer or a marine biologist. I am advanced open water scuba certified and enjoy everything that the wild blue has to offer. Stop and say hello if you spot me waiting for the bus in downtown San Francisco reading a non-fiction book about the ocean or its many interesting inhabitants.

10. I desperately wish to adopt a dog from the San Francisco SPCA, but my lease explicitly says “NO PETS ALLOWED”.