Allison is the Deputy Director of the National Security Program at Third Way. She is committed to helping Democrats develop a national security strategy that is strong and balanced, while also positioning the United States as a leader in promoting peace, security, and opportunity around the world.

Prior to her time at Third Way, Allison worked as a Consultant Advisor to the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, which leads much of the work of the United Nations to counter terrorism and prevent violent extremism. She also served as the Director of Policy and Security Programs at Inclusive Security, an organization focused on advancing women’s participation in peace and security processes globally. In this position, she advised and coordinated with United States and foreign government policymakers on the development of inclusive policy frameworks, and regularly traveled to conflict-affected regions to implement field programs and conduct research. She is particularly proud of her work to support a bipartisan group of congressional champions in securing legislation into law aimed at strengthening United States efforts to promote women's leadership in preventing and resolving conflicts around the globe.

Allison spent seven years in the United States Senate, most recently serving as a senior foreign policy and national security advisor to the late Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ). In this position, she served as the Senator’s staff focal point to the Senate State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee and achieved a number of legislative victories.

Allison graduated with a master’s degree in international security studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Rutgers University. Her writing has appeared in numerous media outlets, including Foreign Policy, USA Today, and The Hill

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