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Alison Corwin

Surdna Foundation
Program Officer
New York, NY

Alison is a Program Officer for Sustainable Environments at the Surdna Foundation. She engages in grantmaking to advance just and sustainable communities through a ‘Next Generation Infrastructure’ lens that looks at sustainable transportation networks and equitable development patterns, energy in the built environment, urban water management, and regional food supply. In this role, Alison promotes meaningful collaborations and innovative thinking regarding ways to integrate infrastructure solutions and prioritize infrastructure decisions that better meet the needs of historically underserved communities including low-wealth communities and people of color.Alison previously served as a Project Manager at New Ecology, Inc. in the field of community-based sustainable development. Through technical support, her work with developers, engineers, and architects resulted in cost-effective, environmentally sensitive affordable housing projects, community and healthcare facilities, and elder care developments. Additionally, she worked for non-profits focused on social enterprise development and breaking the cycle of family homelessness. She has engaged in community organizing, political campaigns, and volunteer efforts addressing issues in her local community.


Alison is a LEED Accredited Professional, an Environmental Leadership Program Senior Fellow and a PLACES Fellow. She holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Environmental Studies from St. Lawrence University.



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