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Allison Zelman

Managing Director, Women's Initiative

Allison Zelman is the Managing Director of the Women’s Initiative at American Progress. Prior to joining American Progress, she was the director for the National Day of Service team for the Presidential Inaugural Committee, or PIC, leading the effort to use momentum from the inauguration to create sustainable service initiatives. She came to PIC after 16 months on the presidential re-election campaign where she served as the Pennsylvania state field director, responsible for managing hundreds of organizers and creating a successful statewide field program.

Previously, Allison worked at the White House as a policy assistant and speechwriter to Melody Barnes at the Domestic Policy Council, and before that, was a special assistant at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She joined the administration after spending more than a year working on the 2008 Obama campaign as field staff across different West Coast states.

Born in Maryland and raised in Lakeville, Connecticut, Allison graduated from Connecticut College in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in international relations. She focused on Latin America, taking time to study the aftermath of the Pinochet regime in Chile, which instilled her life’s dedication to social justice.