Allison Sponseller, MSW, MUP


Allison joined LFA in 2015 and brings a passion for social justice and equity, environmental sustainability, and community-centered approaches. Allison is an experienced evaluator, facilitator, and community activist, with content expertise in sustainable food access, environmental justice, housing and homelessness, and education.

As a project manager, Allison supports a range of strategic planning and evaluation projects at LFA, ensuring that clients receive the support and deliverables needed to advance their mission. Allison ensures the smooth and timely day-to-day implementation of project workplans, develops evaluation frameworks and instruments, leads data collection and analysis, and provides technical assistance and capacity building support. Allison is dedicated to applying a collaborative approach that emphasizes client and community needs and values process as well as outcomes.

Allison is a dedicated member of LFA’s Equity Leadership Team, which facilitates ongoing individual- and organization-focused reflection and helps staff build self-awareness, skills, and tools for keeping LFA’s work responsive to clients’ diverse perspectives, values, and cultural contexts.

Prior to joining LFA, Allison worked as a program evaluator at the University of Michigan (UM) School of Social Work Curtis Center Program Evaluation Group and as a research assistant with faculty in the UM Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Previously, she grew food at The Student Organic Farm in Lansing, Michigan and served as a case manager at Project Hope, a shelter and multi-service center in Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Allison speaks and writes Spanish fluently. She loves playing soccer, taking long city walks, singing, and writing snail mail to friends and family across the U.S.


  • Bachelor of Arts, English Language and Literature, University of Michigan

  • Master of Social Work, Community Organizing, University of Michigan

  • Master of Urban Planning, Planning in Developing Countries, University of Michigan

Selected Project Experience

  • Evaluation of 11th Hour Project

  • Evaluation of Kresge Foundation’s FreshLo (Fresh, Local, and Equitable)

  • Strategic Planning for SF-Marin Food Bank

  • KQED Education Evaluation Implementation Planning

  • Evaluation of Environmental Volunteers’ Assessment of Best Teaching Practices

  • Evaluation of San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s Integrated Service Model