Alycia Welch, MPAff/MSSW - Associate Director
Alycia Welch is the Associate Director at Angela House, a residential facility in Houston whose mission is to successfully transition women into society after incarceration. Alycia earned a Master’s Degree in Public Affairs and a Master’s of Science in Social Work Degree from the University of Texas at Austin, with specializations in Social and Economic Policy, Community and Administrative Leadership, and Nonprofit Studies; she also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
During her graduate school career, she co-authored numerous reports, including “Understanding and Addressing Youth Violence in the Texas Juvenile Justice Department,” which was featured in The New York Times and later translated into a chapter of the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) publication, Desktop Guide to Quality Practice for Working with Youth in Confinement; her other co-authored reports and publications include A Blueprint for Criminal Justice Policy Solutions in Harris County (Texas Criminal Justice Coalition), House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence Texas House of Representatives Interim Report 2014, and Razor Wire Women: Prisoners, Activists, Scholars, and Artists (Suny Press).
Alycia was the recipient of two 2014 James W. McGrew Research Awards from the Central Texas Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, an individual research award for a report she authored, “Management Failures: Inadequate Medical Care at the Harris County Jail” and a team research award for a report she co-authored entitled, “Reclamation of the United States Congress,” which was distributed to all 535 members of the U.S. Congress.
Alycia has extensive experience promoting criminal and juvenile justice reform through her work with numerous organizations, including the Texas Civil Rights Project, the Prison Justice League, the Prison Creative Arts Project, the Michigan Women’s Justice & Clemency Project, the Michigan Prisoner Re-entry Initiative, and Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers; during the 84th Legislature Regular Session, she served as Legislative Aide for Texas State Representative Elliott Naishtat, Vice Chair of the Committee on Public Health, advancing mental health and criminal justice policy reform through several bills that were signed into law by the governor.