Allison Barlow


Program Director for Democracy and Media


Wallace Global Fund


Tufts University

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Allison Barlow is a program director at the Wallace Global Fund, a left-of-center organization supporting environmentalist causes and working to reduce corporate influence in politics. She has been affiliated with organizations connected to left-of-center juggernauts including the Democracy Alliance and the Open Society Foundations. Barlow is a graduate of Tufts University. 1 2


Allison Barlow is the program director for democracy and media at the Wallace Global Fund, a left-of-center organization. 3 4 Prior to working at the Wallace Global Fund, Barlow held positions at organizations including the Quixote Foundation, a nonprofit that spent all of its money by 2017 and branded it as “spending up” rather than spending down their funds; the Beldon Fund, an environmentalist grantmaking organization; and Open Society Foundations, a private foundation created by liberal billionaire and philanthropist George Soros. 5 6

Barlow has been a board member at a variety of organizations including the Environmental Grantmakers Association; the Funders Committee for Civic Participation, a left-of-center voter advocacy group; and the Media Democracy Fund, a left-wing activist organization that is a project of the New Venture Fund. She also sits on the advisory board of the Youth Engagement Fund, a voter mobilization group associated with the Democracy Alliance. 7 Barlow is also affiliated with the Public Interest Network, a collection of left-of-center organizations that claims to serve “as an ‘activist pipeline’ for the public interest movement.” 8

Barlow has participated in various events and speaking engagements such as serving as moderator at Philanthropy New York’s Inequality, Democracy and Corporate Power event in 2014; speaking at the “Active Owners Working Group Breakfast: The Digital Revolution & Impact Investing” session at a conference hosted by Confluence Philanthropy; and sitting on the Environmental Grantmakers Association’s Winter Briefing Planning Committee in 2016. 9 10 11

Political Activity

Allison Barlow has contributed to various left-of-center political causes since 2014 including more than $2,000 to ActBlue, a left-of-center political action committee (PAC); $250 to former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s (D-TX) 2018 campaign for U.S. Senate in Texas; $2,750 to President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign in 2020; and $1,100 to former U.S. Rep. Donna Edwards’ (D-MD) campaign for U.S. Senate in Maryland. Barlow has also contributed various small-dollar donations to EMILY’S List, a liberal federal PAC; Movement Voter PAC, a PAC advocating for voter mobilization; and the New York State Committee of the Working Families Party. 12


  1. “Allison Barlow.” Wallace Global Fund. Wallace Global Fund. Accessed October 24, 2021.
  2. “Allison Barlow – LinkedIn.” Accessed October 30, 2021.
  3. “Allison Barlow.” Wallace Global Fund. Wallace Global Fund. Accessed October 24, 2021.
  4. “Our Mission.” Wallace Global Fund. Wallace Global Fund. Accessed October 24, 2021.
  5. “Spend up Home.” Quixote Foundation: You Are Here. Accessed November 2, 2021.
  6. “Allison Barlow.” Wallace Global Fund. Wallace Global Fund. Accessed October 24, 2021.
  7. “About Us.” Youth Engagement Fund. Accessed October 24, 2021.
  8. “Our Alumni.” The Public Interest Network. Accessed October 24, 2021.
  9. “Inequality, Democracy and Corporate Power.” Philanthropy New York. Accessed October 25, 2021.
  10. “Confluence Philanthropy’s 12th Annual Practitioners Gathering.” Confluence Philanthropy’s 11th Annual Practitioners Gathering. Accessed October 25, 2021.
  11. “Briefing Note – Coventry.” Accessed October 24, 2021.
  12. “Allison Barlow Individual Contributions.” Accessed November 2, 2021.
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