Alison Gold

25Alison Gold is passionate about sharing her unique combination of skills and experiences as an anthropologist, cross-sector changemaker, culture-builder, strategist, emergent learner and experience designer with organizations, and collaborations.  She founded Optimistic Anthropology in 2017 to help organizations and cross-sector collaborations shape their knowledge, processes, strategies, and cultures to make a more positive and equitable future for all people.  To date, her clients have included Camber Outdoors, KaBOOM!, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, UCSF, USA250, The U.S. Soccer Foundation and The World Bank.

Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Alison spent over 15 years working in nonprofits, philanthropy, and government where she staffed, advised, and developed original research and curriculum to support teams focused on addressing complex social and economic issues.  This work has allowed her to work on issues ranging from emergency preparedness and response and health outcomes to racial equity and inclusion and urban poverty.   

Before launching Optimistic Anthropology, Alison spent seven months on a “life sabbatical.” She visited four continents, eleven countries, and 10 U.S. states with the goal of learning something new every day and exploring how she wanted to have a positive impact in the world.

Alison holds a degree in anthropology from Columbia University and business and nonprofit management certificates from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, where she was a UPS Foundation Fellow.   

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