Allison Carter-Olson

Maxwell School of Syracuse University
Class of 2016

Serving as the ACLU of Illinois’ Director of Advocacy and Outreach for 8 years, Allie was responsible for developing and implementing field and online strategies in support of legislative, legal and public education priorities. Her work included defending the free speech rights of demonstrators during protests at the 2010 NATO summit in Chicago, helping launch the Illinois Judicial Bypass Coordination Project hotline which provides information and legal assistance to pregnant teens, and mobilizing the public in support of the freedom to marry in Illinois which was signed into law in 2013. She also served for two years on the Board of Directors of the Midwest Access Project, and as a nonprofit and website consultant for Agua Pura Para El Pueblo.

Previously, Allie volunteered for three years as a community organizer with the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso, in placements with a local health clinic and with Catholic Relief Services. She also worked as a field organizer on Oregon’s successful 1999 “No on 9″ campaign, which defeated an anti-gay rights constitutional amendment. Allie graduated in 1999 from Yale University with a double major in political science and religious studies. She is originally from Portland Oregon.