Allison LaFave

Research Associate

True to her Research Associate title, Allison is happiest when neck-deep in education literature. On a given day, she can be found scouring the web for best practice research or evaluating the merits of education policies and programs.

Having descended from a long line of proud public school teachers, Allison was destined to catch the education bug. After graduating from Harvard, she became an elementary school teacher in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. Later, she transitioned to a marketing, communications, and development position at Legal Outreach, a college access program for New York City students from underserved communities.

Prior to joining AnLar, Allison fueled her passion for research as an intern at the Institute for Higher Education Policy. There, she supported the Applied Research and Policy teams on a number of long-term initiatives, including a consulting project for a corporate foundation’s college scholarship program and viewing guides for a film series on the evolution of federal student aid programs. Currently, she is finishing her PhD in Higher Education at the University of Maryland, College Park.

A proud South Dakotan, Allison can often be found extolling the virtues of prairie living. When she’s not spearheading a backwoods camping trip, she is likely to be lost in a storytelling podcast, Googling home renovation projects, binge-watching British television shows, or seriously questioning her decision to register for a road race.

Our Team

Aaron Petrillo
Director of Federal Initiatives
Allison LaFave
Research Associate
Anthony Garofano
Chief Creative Officer
Becki Stenger
Communications Designer
Corin Collier
Program Analyst
Emily Kelly
Research Analyst
Kathi Gillaspy
Director of Technical Assistance
Laura Holian
Director of Research
Mia Leland
Senior Program Analyst
Michelle Bloom
Program Associate
Pearson Barlow
Senior Technical Lead
Rosemary Collins
Senior Program Analyst
Sarah Geldart
Senior Technical Assistance Specialist
Tate Gould
C.E.O.
Zartashia Javid
Program Support Associate