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 housing rights organizer and then a union organizer in North Carolina. Her first mentors were Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis, whose story is featured in the movie The Best of Enemies .
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 2015, Allison led over 700 union and community organizers at 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 learning journey to her work with individuals, teams and organizations.
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 multi-stakeholder 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 occasional visits from her three sons.