Allison Beck (she/her/hers) is a program specialist at Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, a community of funders committed to transforming philanthropic culture and practice. As part of the program team, Allison conducts research and manages the content development for GEO publications. She also contributes to the development and delivery of impactful peer learning, conferences, and other programming by creating connected learning environments that highlight the resources and relationships needed to support thriving nonprofits and communities.
Prior to joining GEO, Allison served as a project coordinator at Americans for the Arts, an arts advocacy, research and membership organization, where she worked to strengthen operational sustainability through programming and relationship-building with internal and external stakeholders. Allison also brings a background in grant writing and social impact research, as she has worked with a number of nonprofit organizations across the performing arts, environmental and civic engagement sectors. She founded her university’s chapter of Dream Outside the Box, a nonprofit organization designed to eradicate ‘dream deserts’ through local education partnerships in systemically marginalized communities.
Allison holds a master’s degree in Cultural Policy, Relations and Diplomacy from Goldsmiths, University of London, where her thesis analyzed public-private partnership working that fostered culture-led sustainable development during the COVID-19 crisis in Greater London. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in music with minors in arts management and arts entrepreneurship from Southern Methodist University where her research areas included nonprofit governance strategy and cultural policy. A musician and native Texan, Allison is dedicated to lifelong learning and remains inspired by place-based partnerships throughout and beyond her Washington, D.C. community.