Allison McJunkin has a long-standing commitment to advancing social justice and pursues causes she believes in with uncompromised dedication.
Allison stepped into her role with Education Elevators in the fall of 2011, after the death of her father, Tom McJunkin, who founded the program. While initially only intending to steady the program in his absence, Allison soon found herself so passionate about Education Elevators that she plunged into her new position full time a few months later (despite the fact that she was living in Colorado and was pregnant with her first child, McKenzie).
During her short tenure with Education Elevators, Allison worked tirelessly turn the program into a recognized nonprofit, created and expanded its Board of Directors, launched the website, fostered the expansion of the program to several new schools and businesses (including CPG and ECA) and forged partnerships with several organizations including the Education Alliance, West Virginia Extension and Generation Charleston.
In order to dedicate herself fully to Education Elevators, Allison hung up her cleats as the founding member of McJunkin Law LLC, a law-firm specializing in race, gender and disability discrimination.
Allison earned her B.S from Vanderbilt University, cum laude, in 1999, and her J.D. from Washington & Lee in 2004. In law school, Allison was President of the Public Interest Law School Association, Head Law Advocate, Staff Writer for the Race, Ethnicity, Ancestry Law (R.E.A.L) Journal and was selected as the delegate to represent the University at the National Legal Aid and Defender Association Conference.
For her commitment to issues impacting the public interest, Allison was selected as the recipient of the Calhoun Bond University Service Award, given to the graduating student deemed to have made the most significant contribution to the University Community.
Following graduation, Allison worked at the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and as an associate for the civil justice firm of Lehrer & Redleaf. Before launching her own firm, Allison served as the Constituency Director for West Virginia during the 08’ Obama Campaign.
Though she is a native of West Virginia, Allison still commutes between West Virginia and Colorado, where she resides full-time. When she is not working on Education Elevators, you can find her hiking, biking or skiing with her (very supportive) husband, Ken, or having tea parties with her daughter McKenzie (now 7).