Sustainability & Social Impact Manager
Alison is a home herbalist, budding homesteader, and activist who currently serves as the Sustainability & Social Impact Manager at Gaia Herbs. At Gaia Herbs, she leads their sustainability strategies, including climate action planning, social justice initiatives, and farmer empowerment programs. Since 2005, Alison has worked with farmers and artisans around the world to advance nature-based business strategies that foster both a positive economic impact on rural livelihoods and ecological conservation.
Alison spent the first six years of her career working across sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean to develop social entrepreneurship business models as a tool for regional economic development. In 2011, after working as an organic farmer at rural West Virginia farm owned and run by a Sierra Leonean family, Alison worked for the NC State Extension Service in Western North Carolina to advance organic agriculture systems and alternative crop research and marketing for medicinal herbs and native plants of the Southeast. Alison holds a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in International Affairs, with a concentrations in International Development and Cultures & Societies. Alison lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, where she is homesteading with her husband, one year old son, and the company of two dogs, five goats, and a flock of chickens.