Allison Wagner is committed to bettering our community by placing one strategic leader at a time. She has spent more than fifteen years in the public sphere, in the K to 12 education and nonprofit arenas. In 2015, she launched Wagner Consulting to support education and nonprofit organizations with executive searches, human capital strategy, strategic planning, and development planning. Allison is most passionate about helping her clients find, hire, support and then transition transformational talent in order to better our community one strategic placement at a time.
Prior to Wagner Consulting, Allison was the Director of Growth at Schools That Can Milwaukee (STCM). Allison established the STCM human capital strategy for the charter, Choice, and district schools in the STCM network. Under her leadership, STCM launched an Emerging Leaders Program and built a partnership between STCM, Alverno College, and the Burke Foundation to train and certify urban school leaders for Milwaukee. Finally, Allison started the STCM talent recruitment and placement work as she recognized the need to recruit more talent to Milwaukee while growing the network’s internal talent. Allison designed the 2014 STCM recruitment weekend that recruited 50 school leaders from across the country to Milwaukee. The weekend led to 14 STCM school leader hires, all from outside of Milwaukee. Allison also recruited and placed 28 leaders in the STCM network during the 2013-14 school year, and then 19 leaders in the STCM network during the 2014-15 school year.
Before STCM, Allison was the Managing Director of the New Leaders Chicago program. At New Leaders, Allison was responsible for the recruitment, admissions, training, and support of more than 160 Chicago school leaders. Allison managed a team responsible for the New Leaders Chicago pipeline through the Emerging Leaders Program, and the recruitment and selection of top educators across the country. Allison also led the New Leaders program through the Chicago Leadership Collaborative process, ensuring the opportunity to double the program for Chicago Public Schools.
Before joining New Leaders, Allison worked on the assessment and education teams for the American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C. Her clients included the Ohio Department of Education, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Allison has a B.S. in Elementary Education and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She also earned her M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.