2021 Outstanding Recent Alumna
The Outstanding Recent Alumna Award was established in 1992 to honor an alumna still in the early stages of her life’s work, but who nonetheless has “used her Scripps education in the quest for personal excellence; demonstrated a willingness to seek out challenges and take risks; and has maintained loyalty to the Scripps community.” The award each year is presented during Reunion Weekend. Read about past recipients here.
Alison Omens is the chief strategy officer at JUST Capital, a nonprofit focused on creating a more just, equitable form of capitalism. She is responsible for setting and implementing strategy to achieve mission impact for the organization. Her work includes overseeing programs, revenue, partnerships, development, and strategic engagement with companies, investors, foundations, and nonprofits. She has orchestrated program collaborations with the Aspen Institute, Harvard Business School, PayPal, PolicyLink, and others.
Alison was most recently an advisor for private sector engagement to US Secretary of Labor Tom Perez, where she managed the inclusive capitalism strategy for the Secretary and with the Obama White House. She was also responsible for engagement on the department’s future-of-work efforts and its ESG investing guidance. Previously, she was vice president at Outreach Strategies, an environmental strategic communications firm, and the director of media outreach for the The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations.
Alison is on the board of directors of JobsFirstNYC, which expands opportunities for out-of-work and out-of-school youth and on the advisory council of NextGen Chamber of Commerce, a business organization for millennial business owners, and LitWorld, which promotes youth literacy through storytelling. She is also the co-founder of Smash Squad, a network for women focused on doing well by doing good.
Alison received her Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School and BA from Scripps College in politics. At Scripps, she was the president of Scripps Associated Students and the president of the Democrats of The Claremont Colleges.