Allison Carney is a communications consultant whose entire career has been in the nonprofit sector. She has worked both in-house and as a consultant to organizations across the country, with experience in associations, direct service work, and philanthropy.
Allison is dedicated to racial and economic equity, working for community-centered clients across the Greater Seattle area. She has worked with many communities of color and other historically marginalized communities, and prides herself on her ability to authentically and effectively engage these populations.
- Northwest Harvest
- Hearing, Speech & Deaf Center
- Washington Women’s Foundation
- Rainier Valley Corps
- Girl Scouts of Western Washington
- Rebuilding Together Seattle
- West Seattle Helpline
- Communications Strategy
- Audience Research
- Message Development
- Social Media
- Website Strategy
- Staff Training
Allison was engaged by Northwest Harvest to help plan, coordinate, and market a national conference called “Closing the Hunger Gap”. The conference encouraged emergency food providers to move from a charity model to one built around social justice, re-orienting their missions from simply feeding clients to instead ending hunger. The organization selected Allison specifically for her ability to interweave racial and economic equity issues into the conference, ensuring that it emphasized this essential discussion in the context of emergency food programs.
The West Seattle Junction Association and the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce engaged Allison to write a report on challenges faced by small businesses in the area. She conducted 30 one-on-one interviews with business owners, community leaders, and nonprofit executives to determine common challenges and successes within the community, and recommended an engagement strategy based on her findings.
For clients such as Rainier Valley Corps and West Seattle Helpline, Allison worked with the executive directors, staff, and board members to create clear, concise messaging and communications strategies reflective of the organization. Both nonprofits use that messaging today.
Education & Interests:
Allison holds a Master’s degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University, and an undergraduate degree in Critical Social Thought and Theatre Arts from the Mount Holyoke College.
She splits her time between Seattle and Walla Walla, where her husband owns a distillery. Allison volunteers her time and skills with many organizations, and is a regular participant in community events in her West Seattle neighborhood and across the Greater Seattle area.