Allison was born and raised in the Bay Area with a strong sense of the beauty and diversity of the region. She holds an B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and Master's degrees in Literature and Anglo-Irish Literature from the University of Michigan and the Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She worked for many years in public radio and in arts administration, and still loves to play d.j. on local radio stations. Her recent incarnation as web designer and developer provides an opportunity to work with musicians, ensembles and small organizations to explore the democratic and communicative potential of the internet.