Alison Elster joined the Trust as program coordinator in June 2017. In her role, she acts as the first point of contact for organizations seeking to apply for grants while also providing administrative and communications support for the program team and for the Trust’s two major long-term special initiatives: Healthy Places NC and Great Expectations.
A Winston-Salem native, Alison first gained exposure to local nonprofit work by volunteering throughout high school and college for organizations including the Augustine Literacy Project and Guilford County Schools. She received her undergraduate education at High Point University where she earned a B.A. in Elementary Education. She went on to obtain her Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in nonprofit management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. After college, Alison worked for Girls Inc. of Winston-Salem followed by the United Way of Greater Greensboro. Before joining the Trust, Alison served as the development assistant at Guilford Child Development, where she managed food pantry operations, established and maintained a new volunteer and intern program, and assisted with fundraising and events.
In her free time, Alison enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors with her dog, Scout.