Alison Lin supports leaders in authentic collaborations to transform people and systems toward love, dignity, and justice. With over 20 years of leadership experience, she draws from work in race equity, complex systems change, organizational development, learning through experimentation and life with a focus on issues affecting LGBTQ and people of color communities. She joined Change Elemental in 2017.
As a certified coach, Alison partners with clients to take values-rooted action in the direction of their dreams. She trusts each person’s wisdom and offers deep listening and practices to interrupt oppression and racial inequity at multiple levels. Her coaching style is creative, joyful, sincere, and firm and grows from her core values of integrity, playfulness, interdependence, and curiosity.
Alison actively cultivates her connection to the earth which surprises her mind, heals her body, and hones her intuition. She is queer and of Chinese and Scottish-German descent. Alison grew up in Ohio and has lived internationally, in NYC, in Philly and currently calls the Bay Area home. Consuming less and building community connections take up time in her heart and her schedule. You can find Alison dancing, taking photos, practicing Reiki, and eating backyard vegetables along with other pursuits of love.
Prior to joining Change Elemental in 2017, Alison worked with Social Transformation Project’s Movement Network and collaborated with Change Elemental on our Engage, Experiment, Emerge project, and our Network Leadership Learning Lab, with CompassPoint. Additional clients include 18MillionRising, Women Donor’s Network, and the Art, Culture, & Social Justice Network. Previously, she worked as the Network Manager for CoreAlign and with Connect to Protect© at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She has been especially inspired by collaborations with community partners and the opportunities she has had to incorporate research, coalition building, and components of structural change into her work.
Alison graduated from Hamilton College with a BA in Chemistry and Columbia University with an MPH focusing on sexuality and health. She has published on topics such as interpersonal violence in adolescents, abstinence only education, the health of LGBTQ Asian Americans, challenges in mobilizing communities for HIV prevention, and health advocates in public housing.