Alison Lingane

Alison Lingane

Job Quality Fellow, Class of 2018-19, Economic Opportunities Program

Co-founder, Project Equity, Oakland, CA

Alison Lingane has dedicated her career to creating pathways to opportunity for individuals and communities by using business as a force for good. She is the co-founder of Project Equity, a national leader in the movement to harness employee ownership to maintain thriving local business communities, create quality jobs, and address income and wealth inequality. Her passion for creating quality jobs and an economy that works for everyone was fueled in her early career by her role designing and leading micro-enterprise programs for urban youth. Alison spent 15 years in senior leadership roles in mission-driven companies that are designed to create human impact at scale. She now brings those scaling lessons full circle back to her work at Project Equity, turning businesses into community change agents through employee ownership transitions. Alison has her B.A. from Harvard University and her MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, and is a 2014 Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellow.

Alison Lingane is a member of the Job Quality Fellowship Class of 2018-19. To learn more about the Job Quality Fellows, visit

The Job Quality Fellowship is part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

Bio updated September 2018.