Executive Fellow, California Capital Fellows Program
Area of Practice: Public Policy
Year Graduated: 2013
Undergraduate: University of Redlands
Major: Psychology, Government
Field Placement: California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee
Alison completed her 3rd Year Field Placement at the California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. In that capacity, she served as a full-fledged staffer to both the committee and the committee chair, Senator Mark DeSaulnier, and his personal staff. For the committee, she analyzed and made recommendations to the chair on four bills and conducted additional research in support of the other committee staff. For the senator, she wrote and staffed two bills and interacted with constituents. She also conducted legal research projects for the senator's bills, which was instrumental in the support of the senator's legislation and was cited directly during committee testimony.
During her law school career, she also interned at HomeBase - San Francisco, Public Advocates – Sacramento, and National Coalition for the Homeless - Washington, D.C. She was a recipient of the Pacific McGeorge Washington D.C. Fellowship Award and the Public Legal Services Society Summer Grant. Alison graduated with a Capital Certificate in Public Law and Policy with an emphasis in Housing Policy, and the Capital Commendation for Public Service (Superior Commitment Level). She also participated in the Pacific McGeorge Housing Mediation Clinic. Her volunteer and community involvement during law school included Legal Services of Northern California, OneJustice Justice Bus Project, and the Human Rights and Fair Housing Commission. She has also volunteered at numerous homeless shelters and soup kitchens, a low-income, medical treatment facility, and an impoverished community center in Cusco, Peru.
Alison has accepted a position as an Executive Fellow in the California Capital Fellows Program beginning in October of 2013. Thereafter, she intends to pursue a career in public policy working on affordable housing issues as it affects the poor and the homeless.