BS in Environmental Studies and Political Science, Randolph-Macon College, 2007
MSc in Agroecology, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2013
Allison was born in Sequim, WA and grew-up on the east coast of the United States, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. After completing an undergraduate degree at Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, VA, Allison returned to Maryland’s Eastern Shore where she was active in working on Chesapeake Bay watershed protection as an environmental planner and science communicator. This work eventually brought Allison to a desire for further education in the area of Agricultural Ecology so she packed her car and set out to Madison, WI to complete a master’s degree in Agroecology at the University of WI, Madison (degree completed January 2013). During her time at the University of WI, Allison worked to pilot a project that facilitated mentorship opportunities between high school students and agricultural science researchers. Allison is passionate about rural communities, food systems, and the natural environment. Outside of working, Allison enjoys gardening, cooking, yoga, and both playing and coaching soccer.