Alison is a founding partner of the management consulting firm of Messina & Graham, established in 1986. She works with the senior executives of corporations to develop winning strategies, design high performance organizations, and improve team and operational effectiveness. In more than three decades of management consulting — including several years with McKinsey & Company — she has served dozens of leading organizations across many industries. In addition, a core and gratifying aspect of her consulting practice is advising not-for-profit enterprises and higher-education organizations.
Several years ago, Alison became a major shareholder in a floundering privately held interior packaging corporation with international operations. Bringing the company out of the ICU and now charting its course for a healthy and vigorous future have called upon all of her GSB and consulting experience, her background in psychology and family dynamics, and even her ability to zip across time zones without experiencing jet lag.
An active Stanford alumna on many fronts, Alison helped launch the GSB Alumni Association chapter in Washington, D.C., in 1980 and was its first president. Later, she served on the GSB Alumni Board. For over 35 years, she has participated in development campaigns for the GSB, most recently as a team member for her 30th Reunion, as co-chair of her 35th Reunion, and as a Class Agent. She also regularly participates as an alumni judge and coach for Executive Challenge and The Yin and Yang of Family Business Transitions. In recognition of her service to the school, she was selected a Stanford Associate — back in the days when they gave out SA pins.
Alison and her husband, Richard Messina, a 1976 graduate of Dartmouth’s Tuck School, have lived just outside Washington, D.C., for over 30 years (they are still trying to figure out exactly why).
Their daughter, Marisa, is Class of 2016 at The Farm.