Allison Pennington

As a Consultant on the Effective Organizations and Investments team, Allison supports clients in developing equity-focused strategies to help students and educators thrive.

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 son. Allison enjoys baking, singing in her community choir, playing piano and writing about her quirky dog, Garfield.

Allison's expertise

  • 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


  • United Way of the Brazos Valley
  • Unlimited Potential
  • Brazos Valley Chorale

Allison likes

  • Finding excuses to bake excessively sugary desserts

  • Occasionally cartooning about life with a small human