Executive Director, Southern California College Access Network (SoCal CAN)
As the Executive Director of the Southern California College Access Network (SoCal CAN), Alison works with more than 70 organizations to expand college access and completion for low-income students in the region. Alison has worked on social change issues in both the United States and Central America for more than 20 years in the women’s, environmental, and immigrant rights fields. Prior to joining SoCal CAN, she worked as Program Officer for the Los Angeles Funders’ Collaborative, Program Director for Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, Campaign Director for Friends of the Earth International, and Women’s Micro-enterprise Developer for the Costa Rican Ecologist Association. Alison graduated from University of California, San Diego (UCSD) with a B.A. in International Development and received her M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA ). She has served as an appointed member of the UCLA Department of Urban Planning Advisory Committee, an emeritus board member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, a fellow with the Women’s Policy Institute and the City Scholars Foundation, and most recently a board member of BlacklistLA.