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

02/2015 Paying for Quality over Quantity in Health Care: Why the Public Ought to Be...

12/2014 Three Ways Deeper Engagement Improves the Relationship Between Officials an...

11/2014 New WNYC Partnership Will Engage New Yorkers on Their Top Concerns

09/2014 Focusing on Teacher Voice

06/2014 Missing the Mark on Big Data in Higher Ed

05/2014 Student Perspectives on For-Profit Colleges

04/2014 Research Team Expands at Public Agenda

03/2014 For Better Internet Discourse, "Respect" This

03/2014 What's Missing When We Talk About Regulating Higher Ed

12/2013 Is Progress Possible? Bill Bradley on Changing the Future

11/2013 For adult students, confidence should be a good thing, but is it limiting t...

10/2013 We Must Help, Not Hinder, the Public on Understanding Health Care Reform

09/2013 Online Education: Taking Stock of Employers & Students to Improve Higher Ed

09/2013 When Exploring the Issues Means Exploring the Real Choices, Students Engage

08/2013 The College Completion Labyrinth

02/2013 Accountability and Public Schools

02/2013 Public Agenda Launches New Website

12/2012 No Easy Way Out: What Leaders Can Learn from Citizens on the National Debt

08/2012 Shaping Our Future: A National Dialogue on the Future of Higher Education

07/2012 #EDFIX: Amplifying Teacher Voice on Education Reform

07/2012 Confronting the Challenges on Health Care

06/2012 From PDF 2012: The Internet as a Space to Transcend the Left/Right Divide

06/2012 The Completion Crisis: What Students Have to Say (Infographic)

06/2012 Real Discussions with Real People: A Conversation about Job Creation

06/2012 Duncan, King and Walcott: City, State and National Reformers Gather to Disc...

02/2012 The High Stakes of Stakeholder Engagement: A Plea for Careful Planning from...

01/2012 You Can't Do It Alone: A New Guide to Creating Sustainable Change in Educat...

01/2012 Democracy in the 21st Century: Engaging Students to be More Civically-Minde...

12/2011 Engaging Your Community: Varied Opportunities for Deliberation and Dialogue

12/2011 Engaging Your Community: Overcoming Wishful Thinking and Other Barriers

11/2011 Engaging Your Community: Use Information Wisely

10/2011 Engaging Your Community: Framing for Deliberation

10/2011 Community Conversations: Working together to improve student success

10/2011 Engaging Your Community: Core Principles Continued

10/2011 Occupy Wall Street: Can it become a force for change?

10/2011 Engaging Your Community: Core Principles

08/2011 Supported Students Graduate: Training For New College Completion Initiative...

07/2011 Don't Know Much About FAFSA


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