Alley grew up in a family dedicated to the arts, education, and social justice, which led her to focusing on Film/Video and Sociological Studies at Northwestern University, where she earned a B.S. in Communications. For the next decade, she worked as a producer and coordinator for various documentaries, and also worked on arts/media projects and events, with a focus on fundraising and community-building. She received her master’s in Critical Theory & Creative Research from Pacific Northwest College of Art and had a stopover in Hong Kong as a Fulbright Scholar. Alley is currently the Executive Director of the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC). Her essays have been published in the Leonardo Music Journal and Bitch.