Alison Grady is a UNC Class of 2012 Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE) minor who double majored in Peace, War, and Defense (PWAD) and Women’s and Gender Studies. After graduating from UNC Alison was granted an AmeriCorps fellowship in Fresno, California, working with a youth-serving nonprofit focused on racial and social justice. This experience led Alison to pursue a career in public health as a means of addressing the root causes of health disparities. She moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she received her Master’s in Public Health with a focus on Behavioral Sciences and Health Education as well as a concentration in Socio-Contextual Determinants of Health.
For several years Alison served as a Health Communication Specialist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Division of Global Migration and Quarantine, a team that works to prevent infectious diseases from crossing country borders. During her time at the CDC, she worked on both the Zika virus and COVID-19 responses, primarily completing evaluations and conducting behavioral science research to inform communications efforts.
Alison is currently a strategist at Banyan Communications, a public health communications consulting firm. She works with clients to develop a strategic planner for their projects, conducts communications research, and translates research for Banyan’s content development teams.
A Conversation with Alison
(1) What led you to minor in PPE at UNC?
(3) What is your greatest professional accomplishment so far?
(4) What professor or course influenced you the most during your time in the PPE Program?
(5) What was your favorite PPE extracurricular programming (e.g., reading groups, weekend seminars, speaker series, etc.)?
(6) What advice do you have for prospective PPE students?
(7) What advice do you have for recent PPE graduates?
(8) Where do you see yourself in five years?