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Allison Pennington

Business Development Consultant

As Business Development Consultant, Allison supports the development of new partnerships with clients to advance Education First’s impact in the field. Previously, she served as a Consultant on the Effective Organizations and Investments team, where she worked with LEAs and funders to design strategies for strengthening local education ecosystems, particularly teacher pipelines.

Allison’s experiences as a public school teacher, research analyst, foundation staff member and grant writer drive her passion for this work. She believes that every student deserves well-prepared and well-supported teachers, and that funders and policymakers serve students and teachers best by centering their voices and co-designing solutions with them.

Allison holds a BS in Elementary Education from Florida College, an MEd in Reading Education from Vanderbilt University, and an MPA in Policy Analysis from Texas A&M University. She lives in Bryan, Texas with her husband and two children. 


Capacity Building & Sustainability

Grantmaking Strategy & Effectiveness

Resource Use & Impact

Pathways for Student Success

Academic and Non-Academic Supports for Students

Recent clients

San Diego Foundation

Allison likes

Finding excuses to bake excessively sugary desserts

Occasionally cartooning about life with a small human

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