Allyson holds a Masters of Political Economy specializing in African Studies. She is passionate about gender and economic empowerment, social justice movements, volunteerism, environmentalism, and animals. Allyson enjoys researching, and has had her critical research on economic policy and connections to socioeconomic growth in developing economies presented locally and internationally, including a presentation to the President of Zambia. She has experience working and volunteering for numerous non-profit organizations which focus on sustainable development, female empowerment, and socioeconomic growth. She enjoys travelling, yoga, reading, and wine.