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Alison Westbrook

Associate Director of Talent and Culture
Start Date: September 2022

Role at Book Harvest: Alison nurtures the full lifecycle of employment at Book Harvest: recruiting talent, supporting employee engagement and professional development, managing benefits, and tending to the staff culture as a whole.

Where she studied: BA in Linguistics from University of Vermont; 500-hour certified Yoga Teacher (CYT-500)

Experience: 8 years of experience in nonprofit administration, with a special focus on people care and talent development. She also brings a background in experiential education, including over a decade of intercultural program development and mentoring youth and young professionals.

Community Involvement: Gap Year Association, Standards Committee; Saxapahaw Community Garden, Member; Durham Farmers’ Market, Vendor

What she’s hopeful for: Education for all ages that meets a variety of learning styles and that nurtures a collaborative mindset, a healthy relationship with risk, and a lasting connection with the natural world.

Favorite Children’s Book Right Now: The Other Way to Listen by Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall

Likes & Loves: Alison smiles the most when in the fresh air, whether in solitude or with friends, and whether hiking, biking, canoeing, gardening, or just listening to the birds. She’s a language nerd, a lifelong yoga student, a bachata enthusiast, and a fermenter’s apprentice. She loves to cook and to host food-centric events with her partner at their home in Saxapahaw.
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