Alison is a Business Development Executive at Commonplace, a London-based startup offering a digital tool to facilitate place-based engagement and consultation. Alison’s interests lie in the relationship between philanthropy and place. She is particularly interested in how philanthropic giving can shape more liveable and inclusive cities. Alison has experience in strategic communications and public affairs at the European and local level, and has volunteered with various urban policy and development initiatives including serving on the Mayor of London’s Young Professional Panel for Infrastructure. Alison holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and philosophy from Wellesley College, and a master’s degree from the Bartlett School of Planning at University College London.