Director of Grants and Knowledge Management , Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Allison Gister leads the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s grants management team, overseeing systems and applying best practices for effective, efficient, and knowledgeable grantmaking that aligns with foundation requirements and complies with IRS regulations. She also partners with leadership and others to further develop an innovative knowledge management strategy to foster learning, communication, and decision making.
Prior to joining the foundation, Gister spent more than eight years at the Annenberg Foundation, most recently serving as grants manager, where she also provided programmatic support to members of the Board of Directors. Gister earned a Bachelor’s degree in History from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master’s of science in social entrepreneurship degree at the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business. Allison has been active with PEAK Grantmaking since 2005, including serving as Southern California regional co-chair; co-editor of the PEAK Insight Journal, and co-chair of the 2016 Annual Conference. She is currently a member of PEAK’s board of directors