Allison has spent the last decade in the cooperative natural foods industry and is currently employed as Advocacy and Governance Specialist at Seward Community Co-op. In her work, Allison was integrally involved with the creation of the Scorecard, a social auditing device, and is co-director of the Scorecard Committee. Allison has represented Seward Co-op on the board of the Domestic Fair Trade Association, and is currently on the board of Right to Know MN.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, and holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Hubert H. Humphrey School at the University of Minnesota. Allison's skills in policy and stakeholder analysis, public management and leadership, economic development and strategic decision making were cultivated during her academic career and well used during her five years as a director on Seward Co-op's board, too.
Her interests include the local food and fair trade movements, journalism, public discourse and marketing.