Allison moved to Portland at the age of two. That same year, she was diagnosed with Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy. By the time she was nine, she had begun advocating on behalf of individuals with disabilities.
She was the concept designer and lead fundraiser for the Rotary Club of Portland sponsored Rose Garden Children’s Park. The playground was the first recognized accessible playground in the U.S. The playground began construction when she was 10, and was completed six years later.
Her efforts have been recognized both locally and nationally. She was selected as a Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow and a local and national Easter Seals Youth Ambassador.
Allison was fully mainstreamed in 1st grade in Portland Public Schools, and received a regular diploma from Lincoln High School in 2000. She graduated from Willamette University Cum Laude in 2005. Her first post-college job was with Disability Rights Oregon’s Plan for Work program. For seven years, she served as a Community Work Incentives Coordinator.
She and her husband Josiah live in NW Portland with their doted on dog, Koda.