After graduating from Boston University with a B.A. in Anthropology and Chinese, Alan moved to Qingdao, China, where he studied Chinese and practiced/researched martial arts. He later worked in the Council on East Asian Studies at Yale, running China-related event programming and serving as Graduate Registrar. He has worked on the Light Fellowship staff since 2010. Alan is also a Yale alumnus, holding an M.A. in East Asian Studies.