“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” -William Bruce Cameron
Alison got hooked on politics and policymaking at a young age; she was a legislative page in Olympia in high school, ran for student body president and organized a student letter-writing campaign during the first Gulf War. She headed to college during 1992’s Year of the Woman and took a job in a phone bank to pay for school. Technology innovation was years away and so interviewers manually completed telephone surveys on paper (while chain-smoking) and printed crosstabs on a dot-matrix printer. In the 20 years since, Alison has been designing voter and community surveys on a wide range of topics, moderating focus groups around the state, interviewing stakeholders and implementing online surveys with hard-to-reach populations. Alison earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science from Santa Clara University and Boston College. She spends her free time serving on the board of the Northwest Literacy Foundation, planning road trips and cheering on her two sons, Ryan and Charlie.