Allison is the Deputy Director of the National Security Program at Third Way. In this position, she helps to lead the nonpartisan Cyber Enforcement Initiative, dedicated to strengthening governments’ ability to identify and bring to justice malicious cyber actors. She spearheads the Initiative’s efforts to strengthen international cooperation and build capacity of partner nations to confront this challenge.

Allison has deep expertise in international organizations and cooperation through her past work as a Consultant Advisor to the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism, and as a member of a technical expert group and consultant to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Anti-Terrorism Unit. She has presented her foundational assessments of the challenges in international capacity-building to combat cybercrime and other areas of expertise at high-level forums including the United Nations General Assembly, the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, and other multilateral summits.

Additionally, Allison is dedicated to diversity and inclusion in peace and security efforts. She has served as the Director of Policy and Security Programs at Inclusive Security, a nongovernmental organization and operating foundation focused on advancing women’s participation in peace and security processes globally. In this position, she advised and coordinated with United States, United Nations, 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 currently serves as a Steering Committee Member of the Leadership Council for Women in National Security.

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. She has appeared in numerous media outlets, including Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, USA Today, Lawfare, and The Hill.

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