ALISON COLLEEN ROOT
International development professional with 5 years entrepreneurial experience in designing, implementing, evaluating and managing programs seeking opportunities to manage development initiatives in the field. Specialization includes: policy and advocacy, outreach, monitoring and evaluation, training curriculum, program management, abroad living experience.
New Country Expansion Government Relations Manager, One Acre Fund, Nairobi, Kenya. 09/14 – present
Deputy Director, RESULTS Educational Fund, ACTION, Washington, DC. 02/14-09/14
- Serve as interim director managing ACTION global health partnership – lead global strategy, project management, donor relations for 10 sub-grantees with a focus on child health advocacy.
- Directly supervise 4 Secretariat (DC-based) staff focused on TB and nutrition policy, communications, and logistics.
- Manage Secretariat budget of $300k annually.
- Execute capacity building and strategy development trainings for partner development globally – 3 per year.
- Liaise with ACTION donors including proposal writing, informal & regular reporting ($30 million / 3 year grant).
- Lead partnership wide strategy for mobilizing resources and shaping policies for maternal and child health, global initiatives around GAVI Alliance, World Bank; support bilateral advocacy strategies including Kenya.
Senior Associate, RESULTS Educational Fund, ACTION, Washington, DC. 09/11-02/14
- Led successful expansion of ACTION’s advocacy portfolio to child health – including proposal writing, original policy research and analysis, and daily program management of 8 sub-grantees on child health advocacy global strategy development, workplan and budget review, communications support and donor reporting.
- Develop and execute ACTION advocacy training curriculum. Led training with 12 African health civil society organizations in December 2012 and produced advocacy toolkit for implementers.
- Represent ACTION in child health and childhood vaccine advocacy forums (Immunization Roundtable, GAVI CSO Constituency, Child Health coalitions) and build strategic relationships with partner organizations.
- Lead policy research and publications for childhood vaccines portfolio; create blogs and messaging documents.
- Manage strategic plan development for ACTION partnership 2011-2015.
- Supervise ACTION intern program including recruitment, management, professional development and orientation.
Associate, RESULTS Educational Fund, ACTION, Washington, DC. 04/10 – 09/11
- Managed monitoring and evaluation system, provided technical review and analysis for partner organizations.
- Supported project director for coordination of advocacy activities for 9 ACTION countries working on global tuberculosis and childhood immunization resource mobilization and policy change with communication and logistical support.
- Led annual grant reporting process to major donor, including editing and drafting original content.
- Managed planning, budget, and logistics for international biannual partner meetings, coordinating 40+ meeting attendants, venue, meeting agenda, and follow-up processes.
Project Manager (contract), Ashoka Innovators for the Public, Arlington, VA. 10/09 – 01/11
- Coordinated fast-paced mailing campaign and printing process for 3 mass mailings including a 500 page volume.
- Led negotiation, bidding and contract process with vendors.
- Managed timeline, budget, consultants and communication to ensure timely completion of tasks.
Program Associate, FORGE, Oakland, CA and Lusaka, Zambia. 11/07 – 11/08
- Created FORGE Educational Fund strategy and program development for 10 refugee university students.
- Developed organizational policies and evaluation process for program.
- Managed program evaluation and reporting to donors.
- Instructed skills-based classes on writing, study skills, leadership development; trained full-time coordinator.
- Represented FORGE at local universities, advocated on behalf of students to resolve problems related to tuition, student matriculation and university policy.
Project Facilitator, FORGE, Oakland, CA and Mporokoso, Zambia. 11/06 – 11/07
- Designed and implemented refugee-led Repatriation Information Center in Mwange Refugee Camp (Northern Province); secured funding including U.S. government grant through the American Embassy in Zambia.
- Developed and conducted training of 10 refugee volunteers to manage outreach and communications in Mwange Camp, working with translator to produce materials in French and English.
VOLUNTEER AND LEADERSHIP EXPERIENCE
Member, Women’s Information Network (WIN), Washington, DC. 1/13 – present
Communications Committee, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network DC, Washington, DC. 08/11 – 08/13
- Manage email communications and Facebook profile for area non-profit network with over 8,000 members.
Board Fellow, Stanford Non-Profit with YMCA of Silicon Valley, Stanford, CA. 01/09 – 06/09
- Student (non-voting) member of Board of Directors for the YMCA of Silicon Valley.
Stanford University, Stanford, CA 2009
M.A. Sociology with a concentration in Organizations, Business and the Economy
Stanford University, Stanford, CA 2009
B.A. International Relations with a concentration in Comparative Culture and Society
Finding the Final Fifth: Inequalities in Immunization, co-authored with Save the Children UK 2012
Immunisation for all: No child left behind, co-authored with Save the Children UK 2012
- Language: Very proficient in oral and written Spanish, beginner level Swahili and Mandarin.
- Computer: Extremely proficient in Microsoft Office, including Excel and PowerPoint, Mac and PC environments, programs including Raiser’s Edge, SalesForce, HighRise, ExpressionEngine, and WordPress.
- Lived abroad in Hong Kong from 1993-1997, Singapore from 1997-2000 and Madrid from 1/2008-7/2008