Allison Poole is an economic analyst in the Iraq Policy and Operations Group in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs. Ms. Poole facilitates interagency working groups that specialize in economic policy, services and development, and energy policy issues in Iraq. Prior to joining the State Department, she worked in the Vulnerability Assessment Branch of the Protective Security Coordination Division of the Department of Homeland Security.
A native of Oakland, California, Ms. Poole left the west coast in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. She will join the first cohort of students to graduate from the Master’s in International Security Studies program at Trinity Washington University in May. Fueled by her interests in international business, trade, and policy, she plans to pursue a MBA with a global perspective in 2011.
Ms. Poole is also working to launch a college admissions program targeting minorities and financially disadvantaged applicants. “With respect to this year’s themed Black History Month, I believe that knowledge, access, and leaps of faith are all prerequisites for economic empowerment in this century. I hope to instill measures of confidence and preparedness into participants as they begin the first phase of their financially independent lives,” she said.
In her free time, Ms. Poole enjoys reading, writing, dancing, cooking, and cheering on her alma mater at home basketball games alongside President Barack Obama.