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Allison Van

Allison Van

Senior Program Associate at the Wallace Center, Winrock International

Location
Washington, District Of Columbia
Industry
Nonprofit Organization Management
Current
  1. Allison Van Consulting Services,
  2. The Wallace Center, Winrock International
Previous
  1. Annie E. Casey Foundation,
  2. National Rural Funders Collaborative,
  3. Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Education
  1. Harvard University Kennedy School of Government
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Allison Van Consulting Services

Allison Van Consulting Services

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Background

Summary

• Outcome-focused and collaborative, promoting high expectations internally and with partners
• Both logical and creative, analyzes complex systems and implements elegant solutions
• Relationship builder who has identified and developed strong, value-creating partnerships

Experience

President

Allison Van Consulting Services
– Present (2 years 5 months)Washington, DC

Owner of a boutique consulting firm specializing in helping organizational leaders assess their impact and engage in the difficult work of changing organizational culture. We also support the development of cross-organizational collaborations, and conduct program evaluations.

Senior Program Associate

The Wallace Center, Winrock International
– Present (1 year 8 months)Arlington, VA

• Co-manager of The Pasture Project, dedicated to restoring the health of the Mississippi River by re-establishing pastures, with environmentally-restorative livestock grazing.
• Lead outreach and messaging about the environmental and economic benefits of managed grazing
• Manage project fundraising and budgeting
• Develop and strengthen regional partnerships, including building a learning network and instituting rigorous evaluation and continuous learning
• Build partnerships with relevant businesses, non-profits and government agencies

Program Associate (Management Consulting)

Annie E. Casey Foundation
(4 years 7 months)Baltimore, Maryland Area

• System reform consultant to human service agencies, working closely with Commissioners, staff and stakeholders in half a dozen states
• Skilled at designing and conducting organizational assessments, helping clients understand their needs, and generating excitement about reform
• Planned and facilitated dozens of tense strategy meetings, work planning sessions and trainings. Developed tools and trained coworkers on holding difficult conversations, while modeling the skill with clients
• Developed methods and conducted sophisticated data analyses, integrating quantitative and qualitative methods
• Convinced juvenile court to re-allocate $2.4 million annually while reducing incarceration by up to 100 youth/year

Consultant and Writer

National Rural Funders Collaborative
(2 years 6 months)

• Serving as a consultant for independent projects
• Lead author of a retrospective on NRFC and the unfinished agenda for rural economic development.
• Author of a policy analysis on farmworker justice

Teaching Assistant, Agribusiness

Harvard Kennedy School of Government
(5 months)Cambridge, MA

Assistant to Ray Goldberg. Helped students develop analyses of agribusiness case studies.

Intern

Jameel Poverty Action Lab, MIT
(6 months)Cambridge, MA

Provided development support, developing performance metrics and a logic model, and co-writing grants for several million dollars

Public Policy Manager

National Rural Funders Collaborative
(3 years 1 month)Washington, DC

• Ran policy program of U.S. rural economic development partnership
• Engaged deeply with practitioners across the U.S., regularly visiting their projects, serving as an advisor on political engagement strategies, organizational development, and network building
• Built a strong practitioner network responsible for significant cross-site learning
• Balanced highly divergent interests through strong relationships - developing and nurturing collaborations among funders, practitioners, academics and politicians
• Public face of program – making the case for sustainable, community-focused economic development to a wide array of audiences
• Helped develop performance metrics for multi-facetted influence strategies, helping practitioners clarify desired results and shape programs accordingly

Intern - Northwest Fisheries Science Center

NOAA
(10 months)Seattle, WA

• Worked on complex mathematical model that assigned liability for the endangered status of Pacific Northwest salmon
• Developed independent project characterizing impact of invasive species; wrote a chapter in Invasive Species of the Northwest

National Communications Specialist

Earth Day Network
(1 year 8 months)Seattle, WA

• Wrote materials used at Earth Day events across the U.S., and co-wrote curricula on climate change and water, requested by 70% of all U.S. K-12 teachers
• Professional .75 time job while in school full time

Languages

  1. English

    Native or bilingual proficiency
  2. German

    Professional working proficiency

Skills

  • Public Policy
  • Program Evaluation
  • Philanthropy
  • Program Development
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Community Organizing
  • Capacity Building
  • Strategic Communications
  • Systems Analysis
  • Project Management
  • Statistics
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Strategic Planning
  • Business Planning
  • Coalition Development
  • Coalition Management
  • Research
  • Program Management
  • Organizational...
  • Policy Analysis
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Projects

Researcher and Supporter, Rainforest Silk

Helped run small social-enterprise; did field research throughout Madagascar analyzing the supply chain and identifying six methods of adding 30% more value to products and increasing profits for farmers over 60%

Co-developer, E-One Caribbean Community Foundation

Co-developed sustainable development fund, researching and writing business plan

Business Plan Research for Conservation International

Researched and wrote a market analysis of a Cambodian eco-tourism project

Wapato Community Development Project

Created a community garden for migrant farmworkers and other community members to grow their own produce, organized forums for youth to speak to the community about their experiences and wishes, implemented downtown beautification strategy

Education

Harvard University Kennedy School of Government

Masters in Public Policy, International Political and Economic Development

Thesis: “Business in the Box: Improving the Success of Socially-minded Business Ventures”, finalist for best policy analysis exercise
Honors: Robert Kennedy Award (highest honor) for research in post-Katrina New Orleans, 2008; Roy Family internship award, 2007.

University of Washington

Bachelor of Science (BS), Bachelor of Arts (BA), City/Urban, Community and Regional Planning, Environmental Studies, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Honors: magna cum laude, Harry S. Truman Scholar (2002), Morris K. Udall Scholar (2002), National Network for Environmental Management Studies Fellow (2001), S. Sterling Munro Scholar (2001); Mary Gates Scholar (2001).

St. Mary's Academy

High School diploma

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