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Alison Hight

Associate Director & Senior Grant Writer
Hometown: San Diego, CA

Alison is driven by the belief that every community and organization has a story to tell, and is passionate about using those stories strategically to create change. After six years working in the performing and visual arts, she returned to school for Economics in order to develop her capacity to leverage storytelling to create broader systemic change through policy reform and international non-profit development. She brings experience working in disability rights advocacy, international development, and mental health reform. Prior to joining the Elevate team Alison worked as a nonprofit strategy consultant throughout the DC region. Immediately before that, she wore multiple hats on the business development team of a rapidly growing federal contractor, where she was recognized for her skills in persuasion and negotiation. While there she was instrumental in raising the win rate from 53% to 78% and in the award of over $750M of new work.

In addition to the work Alison does at Elevate to support the missions of non-profits in creating positive change, she spends her spare time giving back to the community through volunteer work. Alison has developed a program that brings together body-based trauma healing, theater games, story-telling and filmmaking to heal and empower individuals. She leads this 12-session program twice a year. She also produces a podcast called Personal Social Agency, which shares stories of individuals who have innovated grassroots-based change in their communities. Alison volunteers for local film festivals as a reviewer and with the Theatre Lab’s Life Stories program. She has degrees in Economics and Visual Communications, is a certified trauma-trained yoga instructor and breathworker, and recently completed a fellowship on human rights advocacy and campaign development at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights.

Alison is a member of an experimental music collective that was formed to create music at the intersection of systemic cultural barriers and sexuality. In addition to this she continues to work as a filmmaker and audio artist, currently working on documentary and audio projects in DC capturing the unique stories of individuals in order to tell the story of the city through the voices of the communities that make it up. She loves quirky disco music, themed parties, and strategy games.

What is your favorite quotation?

“We are all actors: being a citizen is not living in society, it is changing it.” Augusto Boal

Who would play you in a movie of your life?

Meryl Streep because it would be awesome. In the high likelihood that she would pass on that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, my backup would be Aimee Mann.

What's your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Exploring the city with someone I love, finding mischief to get into.

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