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.
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.
- M.S., Ecology, University of Georgia
- Certificate, Non-Profit Management, University of Georgia
- B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame
Allison's work is focused on two areas where the chapter's outcomes can have the greatest impact: protecting clean water and tackling climate change.
- RURAL SOLUTIONS. Engaging with Maryland’s largest industry, agriculture, to keep nutrients on farms and out of our streams and rivers.
- URBAN SOLUTIONS. Using the power of nature to make cities more resilient and livable places.
- COASTAL SOLUTIONS. Helping our coastal communities plan for and adapt to rising seas.
- FOREST SOLUTIONS. Enabling habitats, wildlife and communities to thrive in the face of a changing climate.
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.