Alison is an educational consultant, lawyer, and parent. She has a keen understanding of the college landscape as well as boarding schools and New York City private schools. She has been an Alumni interviewer for Brown University for almost twenty-five years, and she has shepherded her three children through eight rounds of school applications, from nursery school all the way through college. After years of helping friends with their children’s school applications, and knowing how daunting and emotional the process of applying to schools can be, Alison recently transitioned to a career in Independent Educational Consulting. She is currently working towards a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA, and she is also a member of IECA, a professional organization for independent education consultants.
Alison went to The Chapin School, St. Paul’s School, and then attended Brown University, where she graduated with an A.B. in History. After several years working in law and finance in San Francisco, New York, and Hong Kong, she went to NYU Law School where she received a J.D., magna cum laude, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. Alison spent several years practicing law in a private clients practice and then for a family trust office before taking time off to raise her three children. While her children were still young, Alison undertook a rigorous training program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to become a volunteer tour guide.
Alison brings warmth and empathy to her practice, as she helps students and families navigate the complex process of applying to high school and college. She is able to connect with teenagers and adults alike, and is highly organized and an excellent listener.