Allison and her husband moved to Naperville 16 years ago to raise their family. They live in Park Addition, close to the train station. While raising 3 daughters in Naperville, she has been a Girl Scout leader and served on the Home & School board at Ellsworth Elementary. Her girls are all attending Naperville North High School.
Allison was born in Homewood, Illinois, but her family moved around growing up. She attended elementary school in Puerto Rico, middle school in New Orleans, and high school in Puerto Rico (again) and Connecticut. After graduating with a math degree from Penn State University, she moved back to Chicago.
Allison brings a 29-year career in various roles at J.P. Morgan working with diverse, multicultural teams. A number of skills Allison has developed over her career would be beneficial on City Council, including data analysis, project management, team building, and communication. She is diligent, analytical, and tireless, and regarded as the person to turn to when flawless execution is required.
Allison is a Vice President and Operations Analyst on a team at J.P. Morgan that manages the flow of hundreds of thousands of transactions each day across global futures and options exchanges. During a normal workday, Allison juggles multiple tasks, from analyzing transactions to educating clients to presenting cost savings to managers. She is a change leader and uses her 29 years of subject-matter expertise to drive process improvements across the business. As an analyst, she loves data and has a logical, analytical mind which would be an asset to City Council.
In her role at J.P. Morgan, Allison makes evidence-based decisions. She listens to all stakeholders, asking questions of the experts on project teams, and makes informed decisions. She is not afraid to express her thoughts or opinions when they differ from others. She always listens first. When there is a respectful discourse between parties to understand the needs and interests of others, they are able to constructively problem-solve.
Allison cares about her community. She started going to council meetings when the city started its discussions about the 5th Avenue Train Station development and eventually started speaking at meetings to advocate for more responsible development. During the Train Station discussions, she even started providing live commentary on her Facebook page to keep friends and neighbors informed.
Despite many listening sessions, surveys, and workshops, it was clear that the residents did not feel heard by City Council or the developer, and this led to the project's failure.
When there is a need, Allison springs into action! In March 2020, to do her part to reduce the community spread, Allison designed and started producing masks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. She provided hundreds of masks to family, neighbors, nursing homes, Edward Hospital, and even strangers who reached out on social media.
Up for adventure
Allison has an adventurous spirit and loves to travel to learn about different cultures. She has been all over the world. Her favorite trip was visiting her dad and stepmom in Kuwait and traveling to Dubai and Oman. Her openness and curiosity would be assets on City Council.
Once it is safe to travel, she is looking forward to going to Iceland again.
She is an avid runner. She's competed in 12 half marathons and 4 triathlons, including raising funds for D203's Team NEF in three Naperville half marathons. She's currently on a running streak of over 600 days and uses the streak to explore neighborhoods all over the city.
Life is a marathon, not a sprint. Allison will bring the same discipline, focus, and energy to City Council.