Ms. McCarthy’s passion for social justice is part of all aspects of her job, including providing project management in a wide range of focus areas such as healthcare advocacy, farm to school efforts, and creating healthy schools. She also brings experience in systems-building, qualitative evaluation, and text editing.
Before joining the Spark team, Ms. McCarthy worked at a nonprofit where she was part of neutral a “backbone” team for early childhood and young adult initiatives. Her early background experience is in sexual assault and domestic violence prevention and response, public policy advocacy, and legal advocacy.
Alison holds BAs in Psychology and English from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ms. McCarthy received her Masters of Social Work and Animal Assisted Social Work Certificate from the University of Denver. She is originally from France and lived in Singapore, Egypt, Dubai, and Australia before settling in Colorado. All the moving around has definitely infected her with the “travel bug” and she plans to continue her exploration of new places every chance she gets. Outside of work, Alison enjoys baking, powerlifting, playing with her rescue dog Grace, and volunteering with The Blue Bench’s sexual assault hotline. She also serves on the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault’s Board of Directors.