Alison brings both a laser-like business focus as well as bold and dynamic creativity to Grimm & Grove’s clients. An expert in complex, major strategic organizational initiatives, she serves as a strategic advisor as well as a creative marketing force for non-profits such as the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, where she led the creation of the Plant One Million campaign; for cultural institutions like The Philadelphia Orchestra, where she created and implemented a highly successful public/private partnership model to fund the Orchestra’s China Cultural Exchange project; and for community development organizations including the Chestnut Hill Business District, where she created a marketing strategy that included the campaign to promote the popular Harry Potter Festival.
Working with both public and private partners, Alison led the fundraising effort to complete the Independence Visitor Center’s recent $15M renovation and helped Campus Philly create an additional revenue stream through a new corporate development program.
Alison’s unique and varied background includes leading the sponsorship and volunteer program for the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, where she recruited, trained and deployed 15,000 volunteers throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. That success led her to become the “go-to” leader for other major signature events in Philadelphia, including the 2015 World Meeting of Families and Papal visit, and the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
In a first of its kind joint-marketing program that brought together multiple public and private partners, Alison ran the marketing campaign and media buy for the second most successful show in the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s 125-year history, the Dali retrospective. Alison also honed her corporate experience by managing several successful branding projects as Advanta’s Vice President of Communications & External Affairs, and the co-founding of T2 Group, a boutique communications firm, with partner Brian Tierney.
Alison currently serves on a number of Development and Leadership Committees for organizations including the Greater Philadelphia YMCA, Friends of the Wissahickon, Campus Philly and Springside Chestnut Hill Academy as well as the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at SCH Academy.
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