A native (and devout) Oregonian, Allison moved to Washington, D.C. in August 2006 to become immersed in the political hub of the country. At American University, she became involved with the Women & Politics Institute, where she developed a passion for studying and promoting women in politics. In May 2010, Allison received her Women, Policy and Political Leadership Certificate from the Women in Politics Institute, and she also completed her senior thesis conducting survey research on gender differences in levels of political ambition among college students. She is now pursuing a graduate degree at the London School of Economics. Allison Dunatchik previously served as Director of Programs for Running Start from November 2010 until July 2013. She joined Running Start in May 2010 as Program Associate after completing her B.A. in Political Science at American University. Prior to joining Running Start full-time she served as a dedicated Running Start Intern beginning in September 2009.