Alison Barret

As director of grants & services, Alison is responsible for the strategy and implementation of GCAC’s grant-making and resource programs. Alison joined GCAC in 2016 with 20+ years experience in Columbus community relations, charitable giving, nonprofit  management, board management, employee volunteer initiatives and event coordination. She has held leadership and critical support roles at Lbrands, Big Lots, Time Warner Cable and the Columbus Convention & Visitors Bureau (now Experience Columbus).

Alison currently serves on the advisory board for Besa ( and is a volunteer leader at Broad Street Presbyterian Church. She is a past board member of the YWCA Columbus and has served on over 25 nonprofit committees.

Alison is a proud transplant from New Middletown, Ohio and a Youngstown State University graduate (Go Penguins!).