Allison’s big-picture thinking helps clients at all levels think strategically about smart solutions to a wide range of issues, from education to politics. She was previously Director of Development for Akili Dada, a women’s leadership incubator in Nairobi—Kenya, overseeing its rapid growth over two years from a volunteer-led organization to a fully staffed, nearly $1 million operation. She has authored reports detailing opportunities for philanthropy to shape public policy and drive community change for projects with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, and the Northern California Collaborative for Immigrant Justice.
She has extensive knowledge of tech policy and copyright issues from her work with Creative Commons and Common Crawl. In San Francisco and Nairobi, Allison has spoken on the intersection of philanthropy and public policy, including technology and women’s rights. A former Board Fellow for the Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement (BAHIA) and past advisor to RE-Volv, a community solar nonprofit based in San Francisco, she holds a dual B.A.in International Studies and French from the University of San Francisco and an M.P.P. from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy. Allison co-chairs the Bay Area Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy and serves on the board of directors for the Community Living Campaign.