Allison Holland is an MPP student at the Jackson School of Global Affairs focusing on the relationship between food insecurity and water scarcity, and its impact on global conflict, the environment, and women’s development. Before coming to Yale, Allison spent three years working in the federal marketplace at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). At CMS, she helped operationalize health care provisions of major legislation and served as her team’s lead specialist in the federal-private “Direct Enrollment” program that has expanded coverage to millions of historically underrepresented and hard to reach populations. Previously, Allison served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa, where she initiated a food security and sustainable agriculture program in her village. During her service, she worked closely with women-run businesses and provided financial literacy, community gardening, and nutrition trainings. Prior to Peace Corps, she spent time on a Wisconsin farm studying hydroponics and aquaculture as sustainable agriculture practices and assisting in the restoration of retired agriculture fields. Allison graduated magna cum laude with university honors from High Point University in 2018, majoring in international relations and philosophy with minors in economics and environmental studies. She speaks French and is learning Spanish. 


Q & A

We sat down with Allison Holland in 2016 View