Alison Lin, who joined Change Elemental in 2017, designs and supports processes for authentic collaborations among networks for change, movement leaders, and individuals. Her core values are integrity, playfulness, interdependence, curiosity, justice, and love.
With over 15 years of leadership experience, she brings expertise in grassroots organizing and network building. As a public health professional, she draws from extensive research, program development, and management experience with a focus on issues affecting LGBTQ and people of color communities. Alison is a skilled facilitator, crafting collaborations with emergent strategies, embodied leadership, and anti-oppression work at their core. Alison is a proud founding member of hotpot! and an advisory board member of API Equality Northern California. She is queer and of Chinese and Scottish-German descent.
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. She is also part of Network Ecology Lab. And 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.
Consuming less and building community connections take up time in her heart and her schedule. You can find Alison dancing, taking photos, teaching yoga, and eating vegetables from her and others’ gardens along with other pursuits of love. Her practices cultivate her connection to the earth, surprise her mind, heal her body, and hone her intuition.