Allison Porter: Organizer, catalyst, coach
Allison has been working to help strengthen and grow movements for social change for over 30 years. She started as a community organizer and a labor organizer in the South. Throughout her career, she has been supporting, challenging, strategizing and catalyzing change in partnership with activists, staff and leaders of social justice organizations.
In 1989, Allison helped to start the AFL-CIO Organizing Institute, a national program to recruit and train union organizers. For the OI’s 25th anniversary in 2014, Allison led over 700 union and community organizers in the National Organizers Workshop in a dialogue on the future of grass roots organizing.
Allison has a Master’s in Organization Development from American University/NTL and is certified as an Executive Coach with the Neuroleadership Institute. She brings an organizer’s sensibility and new insights from her training to her work with individuals, teams and whole systems.
In 2009, Allison joined forces with longtime colleague Joe Alvarez to form the Alvarez Porter Group. Together they have built a network of talented and committed change practitioners who understand the dynamics of membership organizations and other social justice groups. They bring a passion for results and values-based approach to leadership development and organizational change work.
Allison lives in Brooklyn with her husband and dog, Rosie.