Having descended from a long line of proud public school teachers, Allison was destined to catch the education bug. After graduating from Harvard, she became an elementary school teacher in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Later, she transitioned to a marketing, communications, and development position at Legal Outreach, a college access program for New York City students from underserved communities.
Prior to joining AnLar, Allison fueled her passion for research as an intern at the Institute for Higher Education Policy. There, she supported the Applied Research and Policy teams on a number of long-term initiatives, including a consulting project for a corporate foundation’s college scholarship program and viewing guides for a film series on the evolution of federal student aid programs. Currently, Allison is finishing her PhD in Higher Education at the University of Maryland, College Park. She is also a board member of the Telluride Association, an educational nonprofit that provides free, college-level summer programs to promising high school students.
A proud South Dakotan, Allison can often be found extolling the virtues of prairie living. When she’s not spearheading a backwoods camping trip, she is likely to be lost in a storytelling podcast, Googling home renovation projects, binge-watching British television shows, or seriously questioning her decision to register for a road race.