by JENNIFER FRAKES | photo by Mark Hopkins Photography

Hometown Pride

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Allison Gordon considers herself extremely lucky to have been raised in Carlsbad and feels that the community and greatpublic school system helped her to become a successful college graduate. “I am super grateful to Carlsbad’s public school system for preparing me for college and giving me the tools to succeed in life thus far,” stated Allison, who recently graduated from UC Berkeley and now works for Inspire, a Los Angeles-based clean energy startup. Allison attended Aviara Oaks Elementary, Aviara Oaks Middle School, and Carlsbad High School. While at CHS, Allison was actively involved in the speech and debate team which taught her a great deal about public speaking, research, current events, and argumentation – all skills that she feels were invaluable to her college experience. “I’d also like to give a special shout-out to Mrs. Curtis, Mr. Aster, and Mrs. Nasser at CHS, and Mr. Ruppert at Aviara Oaks Middle. These teachers especially encouraged my passions and love of learning,” revealed Allison.

In addition to her educational experience in Carlsbad, Allison also cites her community involvement as a large part of her journey to success after high school. She spent a great deal of time volunteering at the Dove Library, worked at the Cinépolis movie theater during the summers, participated in Carlsbad junior lifeguards, and played for the Lightning Soccer Club. “I most enjoy how beautiful and relaxing it is here in Carlsbad. It’s very comforting to come home and have such a friendly community to welcome me. And the amazing beaches are also great to come back to,” said Allison.


Name: Allison Gordon
Profession: Member Support Specialist at Inspire
Hobbies & Interests: Reading (a lot), hiking, baking, running, yoga, traveling, taking random classes on Coursera, listening to podcasts
Favorite Places in Carlsbad: Ponto & Carlsbad State Beaches, Lhooq Books, Cessy’s, Norte, Batiquitos Lagoon, La Costa Roasting


During her time at UC Berkeley, Allison particularly enjoyed the opportunity to learn from a diverse community of peers and professors. “My major, political economy, is a pretty uncommon field that studies how political forces and institutions affect the economy and economic development. I also minored in Middle Eastern studies and public policy, with a focus on environmental policy,” related Allison. She participated in Model United Nations and was able to travel around the country to compete and various conferences to debate global issues. Allison also studied abroad in Jerusalem, an experience that she calls “incredible” and “the best decision” she made while in college.

Looking to the future, Allison is excited about her current position as a member support specialist at Inspire and playing a part in encouraging businesses and residential customers to use renewable energy sources.