Allison Henry is a Clinical Assistant Professor in Kellogg School of Management's Social Impact Program and Director of the Golub Capital Board Fellows Program at Northwestern University.
Alli’s career has spanned the private, public and social sectors. Most recently, she served as
Executive Director of The People’s Music School. She led strategy, finance, operations, human
resources, evaluation, and fundraising of the rapidly growing social impact organization. During
her tenure, the school experienced 3x growth, became nationally recognized by industry leaders
such as Carnegie Hall, and performed with and for luminaries such as Yo-Yo Ma and President
Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama.
The foundation of her experience was 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 building 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
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 advised at The University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business as a
coach for its Social Enterprise Lab and is an Adjunct Professor in the School of
Communications at Northwestern University.
Students will earn .5 credits in Fall, .5 credits in Spring and receive a grade at the end of Spring Quarter.This practicum in board governance is an extension of Board Governance of Nonprofit Organizations (KPPI-453-5), during which students selected as Board Fellows are matched with a Chicago-area nonprofit to gain experience working with a board of directors and its leaders for 17 months. "Advanced Board Governance" features guest speakers, a board-meeting simulation, and lectures/discussions that delve deeper into topics such as the fiduciary responsibilities of nonprofit boards, board member responsibilities, board member expectations, parliamentary procedure, funding sources, differences between nonprofit and commercial board service, and what to consider before joining a nonprofit board. Course occurs monthly throughout the academic year; students also must attend the board meetings of their nonprofit. A final paper, a consulting project for the student's nonprofit, and an evaluation by the nonprofit partner are required. This course is worth a full credit (1.0 credit)