• change management
  • Executive Coaching
  • Facilitation
  • Human-centered Design
  • Program and Strategy Implementation
  • Strategic Planning

Alison P.

Nonprofit Consulting


Yale University – BA Economics/Political Science
Stanford University – MA Economics


Alison is passionate about empowering social impact and nonprofit organizations to have greater impact with less investment of time and resources by using human-centered design tools and strategies. At the same time, she understands that tools are not enough. Facilitating healthy relationships and open conversations is at the heart of any successful change. Her work emphasizes a creative, collaborative and iterative approach to build learning and create more resilient and effective organizations.

She works with nonprofit, business, and government clients, often adapting business tools such as lean systems and design thinking processes to fit the specific needs of a client. She has assisted diverse organizations in creating strategic plans, and has coached leaders and team members through the change process. She has worked with numerous networks of nonprofits to help them work together better, and has facilitated large and small groups through a range of issues, from idea generation to interpersonal challenges.

She works locally and internationally with environmental and human services organizations. Recent clients include REACH Charter School, Mile High Youth Corps, WalkDenver, Global Greengrants Fund, Boulder Open Space Conservancy, American Jewish World Service, CARE, Promundo, the City of Boulder, Eco-Cycle, and Boulder B-cycle.

She has over 20 years of experience in designing and implementing programs and strategy. She served as Managing Director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at CU-Boulder, where she managed Center operations, strategic planning and implementation. Alison has also served as the Environmental Affairs Director for the City of Boulder, a personal and professional coach, and a congressional legislative assistant.