Passionate about collaboration, Allison has pioneered profitable solutions for high-profile development projects that would otherwise have faced intractable opposition. Her genuine receptivity to all points of view is a direct result of two decades of varied professional experience in the environmental not-for-profit, government and private sectors.
Immediately prior to forming Collaborative Land Use Solutions, Allison was the Vice President of California Strategies, San Diego Region. There she assisted a wide variety of clients seeking political support for complex and challenging projects.
Before California Strategies, Allison spent over eight years managing and entitling new development projects for a private global real estate investment company. Her inclusive and transparent approach contributed to public and decision-maker support for projects in Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, San Diego, La Jolla, Del Mar, Ventura, Grover Beach and Morro Bay. She also assisted on projects in Redondo Beach, Oxnard, northern San Diego County and Santa Barbara.
As Director of Planning for the company, she secured Coastal Commission approval of several regionally significant projects including: a $35M beachfront redevelopment project with 100% condo hotel financing; a $700M+ waterfront brownfield mixed use development project that includes 11 residential towers and an innovative land exchange; a $30M catalyst hotel and conference center project to be built on State Parks land in the Central Coast.
Allison also spent 10 years in the environmental not-for-profit sector as an executive director, community organizer, and policy advocate. She was also the former land use and coastal advisor to Chula Vista Mayor and Coastal Commissioner Stephen Padilla.
Allison received her undergraduate degrees in political science and environmental studies at the University of California, San Diego and completed a Master’s Degree in geography with an emphasis on environmental quality from San Diego State University.