Alison is a Senior Program Officer for Sustainable Environments at the Surdna Foundation. She engages in strategy and grantmaking with communities of color and low-wealth communities to move resources in support of power building and self-determination. She takes leadership from frontline communities and grassroots leaders across the country working at the intersection of racial, economic, gender, environmental and climate justice. Alison is a student of the Just Transition movement and organizes with her philanthropic peers to shift the culture and discourse towards a new approach to philanthropy that redistributes wealth, democratizes power and shifts control to communities in a way that is truly regenerative for people and the planet.
Alison previously served as a Senior Project Manager at New Ecology, a non-profit working on green affordable housing. Through design and construction technical support, her work with public housing authorities and community development corporations (CDCs) resulted in high quality, safe, efficient and affordable housing, community and healthcare facilities, and elder care developments. Additionally, she has worked for non-profits focused on economic justice working with women to start and grow their own businesses, supporting families to break cycles of homelessness and domestic violence direct service.
Alison serves as a board member, trustee and advisor for several organizations and initiatives. She is the Neighborhood Funders Group (NFG) Board Chair, Trustee of The Solutions Project, an Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow, an American Council on Germany Fellow, and a PLACES Fellow with the Funders’ Network. She also engages in community organizing, political campaigns, and volunteer efforts addressing issues in her community.
She holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University.