As deputy state director, Allison oversees all aspects of the chapter’s conservation programs including clean water and climate resilience program teams, land protection, science and government relations across both Maryland and Washington, D.C.
She provides strategic leadership and support for TNC's conservation planning work, strategy development and implementation, public policy efforts and establishes overall conservation priorities for the chapter.
While the states' geography occupy a relatively small footprint, they are critical to the health of the mid-Atlantic region. Maryland’s western forests are a key wildlife corridor along the Appalachian Mountains. The intact watersheds on the Eastern Shore represent some of the best opportunities for ameliorating the impacts of sea level rise. And Washington, D.C., is on the forefront of creating new and replicable mechanisms for financing stormwater pollution treatment.
In May 2019, Allison was tapped to serve as Interim State Director in Delaware. In this role, Allison oversaw the chapter's work to tackle climate change, protect the Delaware Bayshore and Nanticoke headwaters, and transform the landscape of downtown Wilmington.
Before joining TNC in 2015, Allison coordinated the North American Bird Conservation Initiative for the Association of Fish and Wildlife agencies in Washington, D.C.
Allison holds a Master of Science degree in Ecology from the University of Georgia, a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the University of Georgia, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Notre Dame.