Strategic Partnership Manager
Allison James is the Strategic Partnership Manager for the Illinois Science and Technology
Coalition. Allison is responsible for developing relationships to strengthen and grow
the ISTC mission and its network of supporters. Prior to joining ISTC, Allison ran the
Chicago Student Invention Convention at Chicago Innovation and supported project-based
learning in classrooms throughout Chicago. She developed a passion for education
while serving as a teacher trainer in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua. Allison earned her
Master’s degree in Latin American and Latino Studies from the University of Illinois at Chicago,
where she also completed advanced coursework in Teaching of English for Secondary and Middle Grades.
She holds a B.A. in English and Spanish from Augustana College.