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Allison Kaika

Consultant

Allison joins FSG with a background in food systems, rural economic development, and federal policy. She brings experience in designing participatory-based research projects and developing quantitative and qualitative social impact analyses. Over the years, she has concentrated her professional work to reflect a desire to achieve holistic social change, addressing embedded systemic inequalities, while also cultivating research and programs that identify, measure, and elevate a better way forward. Allison is particularly interested in developing social impact metrics that accurately capture value for all stakeholders and are integrated into a firm’s core objectives.

Before FSG

Prior to FSG, Allison worked at a public policy nonprofit to implement research informing federal and NGO programming for resilient agricultural and rural communities. Her experience in the rural development sector stems from her role with the Texas Rural Cooperative Center where she partnered with cooperatives and small businesses to create sustainable programming, generate new revenue streams, and develop strategic grant proposals. As a U.S. Department of Agriculture National Needs Fellow, Allison explored how local economic activity affects social welfare by quantifying the impact of locally-oriented food systems on political engagement and social welfare levels on communities in southeast Texas.

Education

  • University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, M.S. Agricultural, Environmental, and Sustainability Sciences
  • Boston College, B.A. Environmental Studies: Food and Water Systems

Languages

  • Italian (proficient)

On working at FSG

"After working across sector-based nonprofits to advance equity, FSG’s collective impact approach resonated deeply with my personal and professional goal to cultivate social impact through systems change. I am excited to be a part of an organization of individuals that share a culture of collective learning, while encouraging critical thinking and active listening. I look forward to leveraging my experiences with food system NGOs and rural communities at FSG to collaborate towards inclusive and equitable social change."