Alison began her professional career in New York City as an assistant designer at Kleinberg Sherrill, a design house specializing in luxury accessories, where she focused on product placement in the fashion media. In NYC, she then established a public relations firm, attracting clients that included the Rainforest Alliance, with which she organized a benefited concert at Madison Square Garden headlining the Grateful Dead. Her public relations work also included producing on-air segments for the ABC series, “LIVE! with Regis and Kathie Lee.”
Returning to Arizona in 1991, Alison worked with the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (now Experience Scottsdale), traveling internationally to promote Scottsdale as an attractive travel destination and enhance its public image. She served as Marketing Director for Barrett. Jackson Classic Car Auction, originating the sponsorship, marketing and media outreach that catapulted Barrett-Jackson into an international automotive and lifestyle event. For Barrett Jackson, she cultivated sponsorships with Chrysler Corporation, the Robb Report, Meguiars Car Care Products, and initiated Barrett- ackson’s relationship with SpeedVision (subsequently Speed and Fox Sports 1).
In 2018, Alison formed and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation, a nonprofit corporation qualified as a charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation’s mission is to preserve history by digitizing, restoring, curating, and exhibiting historic photographs, slides and motion pictures, which are at risk of deterioration. With a major grant from the Foundation’s pioneer sponsor, SRP, Alison has launched the Foundation’s efforts to preserve Arizona’s photographic legacy for future generations. The Foundation intends to make the collection available for exhibitions, educational platforms and through an online virtual library. For more information, go to www.goldwatersfoundation.org.
Alison is coauthor of the 2019 book, Photographs by the Barry M. Goldwater – The Arizona Highways Collection published by the Book Division of Arizona Highways magazine. She is the 2017 recipient of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Community Award for outstanding voluntary achievement for cultural, educational and historical research.