Allison is from California's central coast and graduated from Scripps College with a degree in Environmental Analysis in 2013. Her professional background is in architectural salvage and historic restoration. Prior to beginning her graduate studies at Penn, Allison was working as a carpenter and building tiny houses with teenagers at a Seattle youth design-build nonprofit. In her dual studies in Landscape Architecture and Historic Preservation, she intends to focus on the intersection of Black American landscapes and memory. This summer she is also working with Monument Lab.