Dr. Alison R. Griffin has nearly twenty years of experience working at the intersection of education and employment, policy, and practice. Alison is a Senior Vice President and the Managing Director – Colorado for Whiteboard Advisors, a social impact agency that helps entrepreneurs, donors and investors navigate the complex intersection of policy, the media and technology.
Alison’s experience on the implementation side of higher education and workforce development, and as a grant-maker, is reflected in her practical understanding of how policy shapes outcomes. Her career in postsecondary education policy includes two terms as a policy advisor to the Chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce, as well as a policy advisor role with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), where she guided state policy development. Alison managed her own higher education government relations and policy practice in Denver, Colorado for four years before joining Strada Education Network. During her tenure with Strada, Alison was a member of the senior leadership team, leading external affairs, government relations, and national engagement activities.
Alison has been appointed by Governor Jared Polis to serve Colorado Mesa University as a Trustee. She serves as the Treasurer of the Board. She is also the Vice Chair of the Colorado League of Charter Schools Board of Directors and a member of the Government Relations Advisory Committee for the National Panhellenic Conference. In 2020, Alison was selected by Governor Polis as a Governor’s Fellow and is currently leading a project to coordinate statewide efforts around education and workforce data for the Governor’s Office and the Colorado Office of the Future of Work. In addition, she serves as a member of the American Enterprise Institute’s Conservative Education Reform Network and as a member of AEI’s Leadership Network where she contributes to national policy conversations concerning college affordability, financial aid and innovative student finance tools.
Alison is a regular contributor to Forbes and EdSurge and her opinion pieces have appeared in Bloomberg and The Washington Post.
Alison is a member of Delta Delta Delta and served as a Director on Tri Delta’s Executive Board for six years. She has also served Tri Delta as a Trustee on the Foundation’s Board of Directors, as a Board Member with Tri Delta’s Center for Living, Learning & Leading and a Director on Tri Delta’s National House Corporation Board. Alison is active with the National Panhellenic Conference Government Relations Committee and serves as a founding member of the national Fraternity and Sorority Government Relations Coalition.
Alison holds a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia, and a BBA in Organizational Behavior and Business Policy and BA in Psychology from Southern Methodist University. She resides outside of Boulder, Colorado with her young family.