Public Agenda
Allison Rizzolo Director of Communications

As Director of Communications, Allison leads a team responsible for developing and implementing communication strategies that broaden the impact of Public Agenda's research and engagement work. These strategies include branding and messaging, publications, media outreach, web content development and marketing, social media, events and multimedia.

Allison writes frequently on issues including higher education and K-12 education reform, teacher engagement, the federal budget, public engagement and improving our country's democratic processes. She is the co-author of Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers on Evaluation Reform (Jossey-Bass, 2013) and presents frequently on the book at conferences and workshops. She also produced the 2012 Citizens' Solutions Guides-- nonpartisan voter issue guides for the federal election.

Prior to working for Public Agenda, Allison taught advanced-level Spanish at Bishop Feehan High School in Massachusetts, where she helped to develop the curriculum for her subject area and established a deliberative Political Society for students. After expounding the wonder of the imperfect subjunctive to adolescents for 5 years, she spent 2 years traveling through Central America, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe.

Allison holds a BA in International Relations and Anthropology, summa cum laude, from Tufts University.



Blog Entries

10/2016 Lack of Price Transparency in Health Care May Drive Rising Costs

10/2016 Elevating Public Views to Rebuild Faith in Higher Education

09/2016 Public Skepticism of Higher Education Is Growing. We Need to Confront It.

08/2016 Finding Health Care Prices Remains Frustrating

06/2016 Ten Key Talents for Better Public Participation: Part 1


07/2016 Participatory Budgeting's Promise for Democracy

08/2013 How To Boost Teacher Voice In Policy

11/2012 Sparking a Conversation to Get the Best Teachers

03/2012 On Teacher Evaluations, Teacher's Voices Matter