Allison is a Longmeadow resident along with her husband Craig and two children Ben and Kate who are current students at Blueberry Hill Elementary School in Longmeadow. They also share their home with two rescue pets, German Shepherd Hannah and Tuxedo cat Charlie. Allison moved to Western Massachusetts to lead MassLive.com back in 2013 and during that time helped build it into the largest digital media property in Western Mass. As Allison says: “I came to Western Mass for a job. I’m staying here because we love it.”
Under Allison’s leadership, MassLive grew into Western Massachusetts’ most popular local news and information site and has become the second largest news website in Massachusetts. Among the crucial initiatives Allison spearheaded during her leadership were Statewide expansion into Worcester and Boston, formation of the High School Sports digital team and the construction of the new Springfield headquarters and downtown signage. She believes in the combination of strong local issue and events coverage paired with relevant statewide news and information. In her role as a media executive she's always been a powerful proponent of the need to educate and inform our local communities in order to value our shared qualities and hold our elected and appointed officials accountable.
Prior to MassLive, Allison climbed the corporate ladder in New York City as CMO of Parade Media and a Finance Director at Time Inc’s People and Money magazines. She was appointed President of MassLive by Advance Media (parent company of MassLive and The Republican), after eleven years with the company running multiple business units in digital strategy, finance, marketing and strategy. She leveraged this big city media career into an opportunity for a better quality of life for her family and an opportunity to lead our region's fastest growing digital news company.
Allison also has experience in the transportation industry having spent four years as a project manager in transportation planning in Pennsylvania. Her primary project was the Mon/Fayette & Southern Beltway highway project which at nearly 100 miles of new road construction is Pennsylvania’s largest new highway project this century and included massive communications efforts among transportation, engineering and environmental agencies, political interests and public involvement. This experience will serve us well as we continue to push for the study of and investment in our regional transportation needs including East/West rail and local road improvement projects.
Allison was born on an Army base in Augsburg, Germany after her father served in Vietnam and was assigned overseas as a Judge Advocate. Her parents met in law school and after successful private sector legal careers both went into public service later in life in their hometown of Franklin, PA. Her father has been an elected Judge for thirty years and her mother served for sixteen years as a Republican Senator in rural northwestern Pennsylvania.
“When I told my Mom I was thinking about running for office she gave me some great advice. She said the wonderful thing about becoming a legislator is that everything you’ve done up to this point in your life will make you a better public servant,” recalled Allison.
This will be good for Allison’s constituents because she has done a lot. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Georgetown University. In addition to her professional and academic qualifications noted above, she has thrown herself into causes she cares about and serves on numerous business and community boards in our region. She currently serves as:
- Trustee of Western New England University,
- Board Member of the region’s largest start-up accelerator Valley Venture Mentors
- Board member of the Center for Human Development our region’s largest provider of social services
- Founding Member of Women Innovators and Trailblazers (WIT) a newly formedmentoring group and Angel Fund focused on supporting female-led start-ups in Western Mass.
- Chair of the Homefield committee to support local businesses for the Western Mass Economic Development Council
- Former Board Member of the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission focused on our region’s transportation needs.
Allison also finds time to support her children’s schools and athletics by serving as a parent-elected representative to select the new Principal of Blueberry Hill Elementary school in 2017 – working with teachers, administrators, School Committee members and the Longmeadow Superintendent of Schools. She has also coached a Longmeadow Youth Basketball Girls team for the past four years – including the Travel team this season. She is a former competitive cross-country runner and marathon completer who reluctantly admits to getting outrun by her 5th grade son at the local junior cross-country team races last season.
Allison's diverse professional and personal background will make her an experienced and influential voice as an elected Representative on Beacon Hill. She has a unique balance of new media, transportation and business skills paired with first-hand knowledge of the trade-off's and daily challenges faced by mothers, caregivers, military and working families. She has worked her entire life to create a better life for herself and her family. A vote for Allison will put her to work for us to create better opportunities and a brighter future for our communities.