As Director of Communications, Allison develops the communications strategy and coordinates all media outreach for Public Agenda. She oversees the dissemination of Public Agenda reports and resources and often works directly with reporters to help them develop their stories. She also manages social media for Public Agenda and is at the helm of our Twitter account and Facebook page. 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 also works closely with the development team on fundraising strategies and coordinates events for the organization, including the Policy Breakfast series.
Allison also contributes to various programs for the organization. She assisted in the development of Everyone at the Table: Engaging Teachers on Evaluation Reform and is a frequent presenter, at conferences and workshops, of the materials. She is also developing 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 served as moderator of the school's deliberative Political Society. After expounding the wonder of the imperfect subjunctive to adolescents for 5 years, she took time to travel through Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Europe, and Central America.
Allison holds a BA in International Relations and Anthropology, summa cum laude, from Tufts University.