As Senior Legal Director, Alison manages and directs The Wilderness Society’s legal work and a team of six in-house attorneys.
They work to leverage law and policy to achieve the organization’s ambitious goals to eliminate climate-changing emissions from public lands, secure a resilient, continental network of protected landscapes, and transform conservation policy and practices to ensure all people benefit equitably from public lands. Alison devotes particular time to the legal defense of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from reckless energy development and mining proposals.
Alison grew up paddling and cross-country skiing the wildlands of northern Minnesota. Her love of the outdoors and desire to protect wild places led her to Bowdoin College for a degree in Environmental Studies, and eventually to law school at the University of Colorado. Before joining TWS in 2014, Alison litigated public lands issues on behalf of TWS and other conservation groups as an attorney with the Rocky Mountain Office of Earthjustice.
In her spare time, Alison can be found exploring public lands by foot, ski or canoe with her husband and two young children.