Alison Westbrook

Associate Director of Talent and Culture

Start Date: September 2022

Role at Book Harvest: Alison oversees the full lifecycle of employment at Book Harvest: recruiting talent, supporting employee engagement and professional development, managing benefits, and tending to the staff culture as a whole.

Where she studied: BA in Linguistics from University of Vermont; 500-hour certified Yoga Teacher (CYT-500)

Experience: Alison’s background is in experiential education, and includes 8 years of intercultural program development, 6 years of nonprofit administration, and over a decade of mentoring youth and young professionals.

Community Involvement: Gap Year Association, Standards Committee Member; Saxapahaw Community Garden, Member; Durham Farmers’ Market, Vendor

What she’s hopeful for: Education for all ages that meets a variety of learning styles and that nurtures a collaborative mindset, a healthy relationship with risk, and a lasting connection with the natural world.

Favorite Children’s Book Right Now: The Other Way to Listen by Byrd Baylor and Peter Parnall

Likes & Loves: Alison smiles the most when in the fresh air, whether in solitude or with friends, and whether hiking, biking, canoeing, gardening, or just listening to the birds. She’s a language nerd, a lifelong yoga student, a bachata enthusiast, and a fermenter’s apprentice. She loves to cook and to host food-centric events with her partner at their home in Saxapahaw.