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Allison Henry

Allison Henry is the Chief Operating Officer at The People’s Music School. In this role, she supports strategy, finance, operations, human resources, evaluation/measurement, and development/fundraising of this rapidly growing social impact organization. During her tenure, the school has experienced 2x growth, has been nationally recognized by industry leaders such as Carnegie Hall, and performed with/for luminaries such as Yo-Yo Ma and President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama.

Alli’s career spans the private, public and social sectors. The foundation of her experience formed at Bain & Company, a global consultancy where she advised Fortune 500 companies across retail, consumer, health care and private equity industries in issues related to strategy, market entry, pricing, and M&A. While at Bain, Alli was selected to extern with the Civic Consulting Alliance, led undergraduate recruiting efforts, launched the local pro-bono Inspire initiative, and managed one of the firm’s treasured assets – the Bain Band.

Since Bain, Alli has specialized in entrepreneurial organizations with a commitment to social impact. She was the sixth employee at Mission Measurement, a for-profit social enterprise that supports nonprofits, foundations and corporations to measure the impact of their work. She was the first full-time hire at the venture philanthropy fund A Better Chicago, where she led sourcing, due diligence, and portfolio management, and launched an early-stage funding competition.

Alli earned her MBA in one year from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and her BA in three years with a double major in Mathematics and Economics from Grinnell College. Alli has also advised at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business for a number of years, as a coach for its Social Enterprise Lab and a judge for its Social New Venture competition.


MSLCE Course: Business Models (co-taught with Jennifer Kim-Matsuzawa)