Allie is a graduate of California’s public K-12 and university systems and is the first in her family to attend college. While a student at the University of California, San Diego, she began to recognize the vast differences between the educational experiences of her fellow students, and she became interested in politics as a means to giving every child an equal shot at higher education.
Inspired to create change at the national level, she joined then-Senator Obama’s presidential campaign upon graduation in 2008. Allie mobilized hundreds of first-time volunteers in Colorado to take charge of the election within their neighborhoods and fell in love with the power that grassroots organizing could give to traditionally unheard voices. She continued organizing, eventually directing Southern California’s field program for President Obama’s re-election campaign in 2012 and spearheading grassroots and training programs across the country for Organizing for Action, GiveForward and 270 Strategies.
Throughout her political work, Allie worked with many teacher volunteers who felt their voices, and the voices of their students, were not being heard by lawmakers. Allie joined Educators for Excellence’s training team to help give teachers a powerful platform to speak for themselves and advocate on behalf of their students.