Born and raised in Colorado, Alison is a long time champion for the dignity and rights of all people. She has worked for more than 15 years in disability services and special education promoting health, safety, and education for youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the front range.
Alison’s commitment to serving others started early, when her 2nd grade teacher encouraged her to help a new student learn English and catch up on school work. From then on, Alison found ways to serve others; cleaning up parks, working at food and clothing banks, serving as a literacy tutor, and building homes in Honduras for communities that were devastated by Hurricane Mitch.
In the wake of the Columbine shooting, she began working with interfaith organizations on nonviolence education. At the same time, she became connected to community organizations promoting voter engagement and advocacy. After graduation, her high school hired her as a paraprofessional, where she worked to support students with disabilities.
Alison graduated from the Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2011, where she studied Spanish, Philosophy, and Women’s Studies. During those years, she was an integral part of campus life, serving in student government, organizing conferences, and competing in national debate tournaments. She received an MA in philosophy from the Binghamton University in 2013. While at Binghamton, she led the Graduate Student Organization, advocating for over 3,000 graduate students and collaborating with the university administration to improve the education and experiences of all graduate students.
When she returned to Colorado, Alison settled in Aurora and quickly found her place in the life of our city. While continuing to work in human services, she committed herself to holding our city council accountable to the residents of Aurora. She became a regular at council meetings, bringing greater transparency to council decisions, and constantly reminding council members of the consequences of their decisions for the people of our city. In 2017, she volunteered with numerous campaigns, and helped bring new leadership to City Hall.
Alison’s lifetime of overcoming adversity, lifting up those around her, and steadfast defense of human dignity has led her to this moment of change. We are a city coming into our own, and the choices we make now will determine whether this is truly our Aurora. In Alison, we have a dedicated servant leader, who has always put community first, and never backed down from a challenge. As we build this city together, Alison will be at our side, ensuring that City Hall is first and foremost the people’s house. But Alison can't do it without your help. If you've read this far, we hope you'll consider making a donation here to help Alison win!