Alta is the founder and Executive Director of United Connecticut Action for Neighborhoods (UCAN). She has served as Director of UCAN for over thirty five years. She designed organizational models for community involvement which have resulted in the creation of several state-wide coalitions and local community organizations. Her organizing activities currently are concentrated on health care issues, but over the years she has addressed a wide variety of policy issues. Additionally, Alta teaches grassroots organizing at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work and a community internship seminar at Trinity College.