In addition to serving as Mayor and Vice Mayor of Alexandria, Allison has been deeply involved in and committed to public service for over 30 years.
Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia. (January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2018)
As Mayor, she represented the city on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Board of Directors and the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA); served on NVTA’s Finance Committee; chaired the city’s Quality of Life Committee and Legislative Subcommittee; co-chaired the City Council/School Board Subcommittee; and served on the city’s Gang Prevention Community Task Force and the Local Emergency Planning Committee.
Vice Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia. (January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2015)
As Vice Mayor, she represented the city on the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government’s Region Forward Coalition and served on the city’s Library Board, Eisenhower Partnership Board, Gang Prevention Community Task Force, and Inova Alexandria Hospital Task Force.
Wrote a column that ran on the op/ed page of The Washington Post about the contentious creation of the King holiday. (2008)
Volunteer for numerous campaigns, including: John Kerry for President, Jim Webb for Senate, Brian Moran for Governor, and Barack Obama for President.
Volunteer Speechwriter for Democrats:
Democratic National Committee’s Press Office: John Kerry for President (2004)
Vice President Al Gore (1994)
1992 National Democratic Convention, New York City (1992)
Longtime member of the Alexandria Democratic Committee.
Chief Research Assistant/Chief Editor for Senator Lloyd M. Bentsen on Capitol Hill. (1990 – 1992)
Intern for Senator Edward M. Kennedy on Capitol Hill. (Fall 1983)
Part of a three-person team that successfully led the American Historical Association’s effort (along with numerous other groups) to lobby Congress for Women’s History Week (now Women’s History Month) with then-Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski’s office in the spring of 1983.
25 Years of Community Leadership
Serves on the Advisory Council of George Mason University’s Carter School’s Political Leadership Academy. (2022 – present)
Serves on the Goodwin House Alexandria Advisory Committee. (2022 — present)
Member of the World Bank’s Community Outreach Grants Committee, which gave major grants annually to local nonprofits (During 2005 – 2007, the Grants Committee considered dozens of grant applications and then disbursed over $1.3 million).
Organized donations from a large group for the wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and formed a “Holiday Brigade,” which volunteered at Walter Reed’s Family Medical Assistance Center on Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day in 2004.
Created and donated a permanent photography exhibit of the elderly for the D.C. headquarters of Emmaus Services for the Aging. (2001 – 2003)
Launched and led monthly charity events that gave all proceeds (over $50,000) to local nonprofits focused on children at risk and families in distress. (1996 – 2004)
Founder & Executive Director of Lights, Camera, Action!, a nonprofit committed to helping inner-city teens realize their potential through film. Mentored teens in Anacostia at the height of the crack wars in 1994, directing and producing an award-winning short film, Poppy: A Story of Courage. Seven of the eight LCA! participants went on to attend college. (1993 – 1996)