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Allison Nasson L’24

Allison Nasson L’24

Allison Nasson is from Portland, Oregon. At Penn Law, she is on the board of the school’s National Lawyers Guild chapter and a volunteer for the Civil Rights Law Project. She is also a member of Lambda and the Student Public Interest Network (SPIN). Prior to attending Penn, Allison co-founded the nonprofit organization Youth Ending Slavery (YES). While working in the nonprofit sector, she witnessed how donors’ preferences were often given higher priority than recipients’ needs. In 2016 she was awarded a research grant to study fundraising narratives constructed and disseminated by large nonprofits. Her research, which critiqued such narratives’ portrayal of nonprofits as the “saviors” of their clients, was awarded the 2017 Distinguished Undergraduate Paper Award by the Pacific Sociological Association. Allison’s time researching and working in the nonprofit sector informs her commitment to public interest work that not only serves individuals’ immediate needs, but also works to address the root causes of poverty and exploitation.

After graduating, she plans to combine direct service work with advocacy for policies that expand economic rights. She is particularly interested in serving low-income workers and individuals experiencing homelessness.