Team Lead and Manager of Cities, Communities Ending Poverty
Alison joined the Tamarack team in 2016 as Manager of Learning, Evaluation and Policy. In 2020, she stepped into a Team Lead role with Vibrant Communities – Cities Reducing (VC–CRP), now Communities Ending Poverty. Here, she provides leadership and drives excellence within the network, a national movement and learning community comprised of 80+ members representing more than 300 communities across Canada and in the USA. CRP's team of Managers of Cities provides intensive support to members, with a focus on supporting them to progress through four stages of development, track and report on outcomes, and achieve financial and leadership sustainability.
Alison has been involved with Vibrant Communities since 2012 through her previous role as Director of Vibrant Abbotsford. Here, she coordinated an affordable fruit and vegetable box program, a financial empowerment initiative, and the Living Wage Fraser Valley campaign. Previously working in International Development, Alison has researched predictors of HIV/AIDS in Nepal and has rolled out a national data management system in Papua New Guinea. She has supported individuals experiencing poverty, homelessness, mental health and addiction in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side, people with disabilities in the UK, and people living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda.
Alison holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, a Master's degree in International Community Health from the University of Oslo, a Project Management Certification through the Project Management Institute, and a Graduate Diploma in Public Policy and Program Evaluation through Carleton University.
Based in beautiful British Columbia, Alison spends her free time mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, splitboarding, and practicing aerial silks.