Alysse Bryson is a strong woman in recovery and an innovative media maven, marketing guru, and gal about town. She has a humorous outlook on life combined with a fierce determination to succeed. This blog started off as a way to capture events she has produced over the years during the near-decade she spent at Seattle Met magazine. It has now morphed into a public diary of places she has visited, epic dating fails, unfortunate health issues, highlights of her professional and philanthropy work and so much more. Born in Centralia, WA in the mid-70s, Alysse is a child of the 80s and a lover of the 90s. Alysse currently lives in Issaquah, WA with her 25-year-old son Jakob Downey and their two Boston Terriers Roxie and Bella.
Alysse’s most recent accomplishment was launching The Sober Curator in the summer of 2020. Alysse is the Founder and CEO.
The Sober Curator is intended to be a resource for those seeking content related to recovery or a zero-proof lifestyle. We’ll show you how to get plugged in with the latest swag, podcasts, books, movies, fashion, music and events, proving that sobriety and life without alcohol is never boring!
Stop her before she volunteers again! Alysse is proud to sit on the following boards:
Board Member – The Recovery Cafe and Recovery Cafe Network. The Recovery Cafe’s mission is to provide a community for individuals who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction, and other mental health challenges coming to know we are loved and that we have gifts to share.
Board Member – Ninety 90 Pictures is a 501(c)(3) non-profit film & television production company. Their mission is to provide jobs and peer support to people in recovery. Employment leads to opportunity, a sense of community, and a road to recovery. Peer support networks form from people with shared, or similar history in a safe space. Recovery is an expanding term. Drugs, alcohol, sex/love, mental health, grieving, abuse. Whether it happened to you, or around you.
Chair of Events Committee – Centralia Christian School 40th Anniversary Celebration
Former Executive Chair of the Board and the Executive Board – The Recovery Cafe and Recovery Cafe Network. The Recovery Cafe’s mission is to provide a community for individuals who have been traumatized by homelessness, addiction, and other mental health challenges coming to know we are loved and that we have gifts to share. Alysse served on this board from 2014 – 2020 and after taking a one-year sabbatical off of the board, she rejoined at the beginning of 2022.
Advisor – Stand for Courage Led by students establishing a bystander culture to stop bullying, Stand For Courage employs stories, creativity, and popular-culture for high-impact recognition inspiring relationships built on respect.
Events Committee – The Residency Seattle The Residency seeks to build a powerful community of young hip-hop artists equipped with the artistic and leadership skills, business acumen, and mentorship necessary to become professional artists and cultural change makers. Through their participation in The Residency, young artists from low-income families acquire tangible artistic and professional skills while also gaining confidence, teamwork, and a deepened understanding of their own identity and power.
Former Board President – The World is Fun The mission is to get YOU involved! Working with our network of over 135 Seattle-based Nonprofit Partners, we organize group volunteer opportunities that are fun, social, and help these organizations in their mission. Our volunteer opportunities are designed to allow volunteers to choose their own adventure and choose the opportunities that interest them and fit their schedule.
Supporter – King County Sexual Assault Resource Center KCSARC’s overall purpose is to alleviate, as much as possible, the trauma of sexual assault for victims and their families. Our mission is to give voice to victims, their families, and the community; create change in beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors about violence; and instill courage for people to speak out about sexual assault.
Supporter – Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Pacific NW The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. My son Jakob Downey was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease the summer of 2015.
Former Circle of Red Chair – American Heart Association As a heart survivor, I am forever grateful to this organization that is dedicated to more than 90 years of savings lifes and educated the public at large on the signs to watch for around heart disease and stroke.
Former Ambassador Go Red of Women 2016 – American Heart Association As a heart survivor, I am forever grateful to this organization that is dedicated to more than 90 years of savings lifes and educated the public at large on the signs to watch for around heart disease and stroke.
Former Board Member 2014 – 2015 – Columbia Tower Club High above downtown Seattle, Columbia Tower Club boasts one of the most spectacular views of the city. With onsite business amenities and high-tech conferencing capabilities, the Club also sets the stage for the city’s most sought-after networking events for personal enrichment.
Former Corporate Chair 2012 – 2014 – The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society “Light the Night” LLS exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. We are the voice for all blood cancer patients and we work to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.