Allison “Allie” Olson

Executive Director, LIFT-Los Angeles

Los Angeles -

Allie leads the team at LIFT-Los Angeles. In her role, she is responsible for developing the organization’s vision, and achieving its goals for continued financial stability, community engagement and enhancing the impact of its program.

Equity and access have always been at the heart of Allie’s work. She lifts because she has the same hopes for the families of LIFT that she has for her own family—that they too will get to live the life that they dream of and reach their full potential. Allie firmly believes that one’s zip code, the language that one speaks, one’s educational level, the color of one’s skin or the amount of money in one’s bank account should not determine the opportunities that one is afforded. She is inspired by how LIFT approaches its work—through relationships based in respect, human dignity, authenticity and trust. She believes that LIFT has the power to equalize the future for children and families—helping to be the support system that families need to provide bright futures for their children.

Allie brings more than a decade of nonprofit experience to her new role. She began her career working in NYC public schools developing academic, enrichment, after school & mentoring programs for middle and high school youth.

Most recently, Allie served as the National Director of Corporate Partnerships at Reading Partners. She played a key leadership role across all 14 regions in elevating the organization’s strategy and engagement with corporate partners. Prior to joining Reading Partners, Allie spent eight years at City Year. She last served as the National Director of Business Development for the organization. In this role, she raised millions of dollars for the organization’s local and national programs and engaged thousands of corporate volunteers in the schools and communities in which the organization served.

Allie attended Vassar College and majored in Latin American Studies, Spanish, and Education and received her New York State Teacher’s Certification in Adolescent Education, Spanish. She is the proud mama of two small children who inspire her daily, keep her on her toes and push her to dream a little bigger. She resides in Los Angeles with her husband, two children and their crazy terrier.


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