Allison comes to Reservoir with a background in advocacy, policy, and health communications. With years of experience working with federal and state governments, advocacy organizations, and community fixtures, she is a talented coalition builder and excels at forging connections between a wide range of partners. Her specialties include collective impact work and communicating complex policy and health concepts to a diverse audience.
Prior to joining the Reservoir team, Allison worked at The Reilly Group, a public affairs firm specializing in improving mental health and wellbeing. There, she managed an advocacy initiative to ensure perinatal mental health is a national and state priority, carried out through a broad national coalition and state-level policy work. She also helped teams across the country build diverse stakeholder networks and achieve their policy goals by providing coaching, facilitation support, and technical expertise. Prior, she worked at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) supporting cutting-edge biomedical research and advising senior scientific staff on lab administration.
Allison graduated with a Master of Public Health from George Washington University and earned her B.A. in English and Anthropology with a concentration in Archaeology from St. Mary's College of Maryland.