Alissa M. Ardito

Attorney Advisor Attorney Advisor, Staff

Phone: 202.480.2098

Alissa Ardito is an Attorney Advisor with the Administrative Conference of the United States. Ms. Ardito was a lecturer and visiting fellow at Yale University in the Department of Political Science.  She has extensive experience in government service, having previously worked as an attorney advisor at the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.  While at Housing and Urban Development, Ms. Ardito worked in both the Office of Legislation and Regulations and in the Office of Finance and Administrative Law, primarily in the areas of appropriations law, the Privacy Act, inter-agency agreements and data sharing agreements, public-private partnerships, cooperative agreements, the Vacancies Reform Act, and separation of powers.  In addition, she handled all social media related legal issues including negotiating terms of service agreements with social media corporations.  Her article on federal agency social media and free speech appeared in the Administrative Law Review, and she has advised multiple federal agencies on free speech related social media issues.

Prior to government service, Ms. Ardito was a visting professor and post-doctoral fellow at Duke University in the Department of Political Science. Ms. Ardito received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University, a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, and a B.A., high honors, from the University of Virginia where she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.  Her book, Machiavelli and the Modern State, was recently published by Cambridge University Press.


2007, J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
2004, Ph.D. , Distinction, Yale University

ACUS Documents

  • Report Public-Private Partnership Report
  • Fact Sheet Comparison Chart
  • Recommendation Public-Private Partnerships Draft Recommendation 10-25
  • Appendix Public-Private Partnerships Chart
  • Report Public-Private Partnership Draft Report


  • Virginia

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, Legal Issues Panel - Due Diligence and Vetting, Partnerships Practitioners Forum, The United States Department of State: The Secretary's Office of Global Partnerships, Washington, DC
  • Panel Organizer and Presenter, Federal Agency Social Media and the First Amendment, The Democratic Potential and Possible Pitfalls of Social Media and the Administrative State, American Bar Association Administrative Law Conference, Washington, DC
  • Speaker, Federal Agency Social Media and the First Amendment, Legal Learning Series, Library of Congress, Washington, DC