Ally Philip has been an integral part of the SICI team since joining March 2018 as Program Coordinator. In her role as Program Manager, Ally manages all aspects of the Cheng Fellowship program delivery, selection and recruitment, alumni engagement, and other key program deliverables, as well as provides coaching and advising to students. She now works collaboratively with SICI’s leadership to set programmatic strategy and develop content design, as well as with SICI’s Community Relations Coordinator on complementing strategy for SICI events, communications, and the Beck Visiting Social Innovator program.
Prior to joining SICI, Ally was a Program Manager at the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. While at the Grassroots Fund, Ally orchestrated the RootSkills Training Series and provided grassroots leaders with trainings, empowering them to build more equitable and sustainable communities. She also managed the Seed grant program, supporting emerging grassroots groups and administering small grants to catalyze innovative community initiatives. She continues to bring this experience into her work at SICI in many ways, particularly in developing and providing a platform for justice-oriented innovation.
Previously, Ally supported research and educational efforts in coastal climate adaptation at New Hampshire Sea Grant. While at Sea Grant, Ally wrote and published the report, “Sustaining Champions of Climate Adaptation in Coastal Communities: A Northern New England Study”, which examined the role of community champions in climate preparedness efforts. Ally has worked internationally with the New Zealand Department of Conservation on the Rangipo Wetland Restoration project while studying abroad with the EcoQuest Education Foundation. She received her B.S from the University of New Hampshire in Environmental Conservation Studies with a concentration in International Environmental Policy.