Dr. Allison Quintanilla Plattsmier was born and raised in Nashville, TN. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.S. in Political Science: Public Administration and Nonprofit Management and a minor in Entrepreneurship. She went on to receive her M.Ed. in Community Development and Action from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College and her Doctorate of Education in Leadership and Professional Practice at Trevecca Nazarene University. She completed an Elite Masters of Business Administration in four months through Smartly and is a Certified Nonprofit Professional, Certified Fund Raising Executive, SHRM Certified Professional, and Associate Professional in Human Resources. Allison has a wealth of experience in the nonprofit sector including Associate Director of Programs and Development for the Transit Alliance of Middle Tennessee, Community Investment Manager for NeedLink Nashville, and Executive Director of the Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL) Foundation. She currently serves as Executive Director of the Jordan Thomas Foundation, as Project Manager of a nonprofit she founded called Close the Loop, and runs her own nonprofit consulting business, AQP Consulting. She has raised over $1.2 million throughout her time in the nonprofit sector earning her recognition as one of AFP’s 2018 Outstanding Young Professionals and specializes in nonprofit governance, strategic planning, donor psychology, and grant writing. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Nashville, Nashville Kiwanis, Nashville Cable, the Association of Latino Professionals for America (ALPFA), Junior League of Nashville, Nashville Junior Chamber, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), MT|SHRM, Ellevate Network, the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN), the National Association of Women MBAs, Pi Sigma Alpha Political Honor Society, and Golden Key International Honor Society. She serves as Secretary and Awards Chair on the board of Doing Good, as a board member and Professional & Civic Engagement Committee member for Futuro, as a board member and Civic Outreach Chair for Nashville Cable, as Treasurer of Healing Arts Project, Inc. (HAPI), and as an advisory board member of Moves & Grooves. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, reading, singing, kickboxing, and hanging out with her phenomenal husband, Kris, their son Quintan, and their three cats, Sheena, Jacinda, and Milo.
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