Alison worked as an educator for over 10 years before transitioning to research and evaluation. A former New York City Teaching Fellow, she taught special education and history at a public high school in Brooklyn and co-led a video production program for middle school students.
She has an MS in teaching students with disabilities and an MA in urban education, and her research interests focus on how social and policy contexts shape teaching and learning. Before joining the Institute for School Partnership, Alison worked at the Center for Advanced Study in Education in New York, where she contributed to evaluations of a variety of STEM-focused K-12 programs.
Outside of education, Alison has extensive experience in art, photography, and video production, and has worked on documentaries about Balkan brass music, Lezginka dancing, participatory budgeting, and climate activism.