Associate Executive Director(718) 294-3870 x 102
Allison Palmer, M.S., Associate Executive Director, joined New Settlement as the founding director of New Settlement’s College Access Center in July 2001. She holds an M.S. in social administration from Columbia University’s School of Social Work and a B.A. in history from Wesleyan University. She has over 20 years of experience in access to higher education and positive youth development, teen leadership training and adolescent counseling. As the director of New Settlement’s College Success Initiatives, Allison led the program design, development and implementation, including the one-to-one college-counseling program and the intensive four-year College Explorers Program; hired, trained and supervised full- and part-time staff; led outreach to the community and program partners; and represented New Settlement’s Center in citywide and statewide coalitions and national conferences. Allison also served as the Bronx delegate at the National Association for College Admission Counseling for three years, co-founded the Bronx Opportunity Network and the College Success Network, and currently sits on the Advisory Board of Mayor De Blasio’s Sector Advisory Council on Education, the Options Institute, Degrees NYC, and College Access Research and Action (CARA).