Allison D. Newman

Allison D. Newman

Scholarship Director

Allison (Ali) Newman is Say Yes Buffalo’s Scholarship Director — a position to which she brings her extensive background in secondary education, high school counseling and college advisement.

A resident of the city of Buffalo and a fourth generation Buffalonian, Allison has over 15 years of experience working to empower young people toward pursuing their post-secondary goals. After earning her BA in English Literature from the University of Michigan, Allison joined Teach For America, where she taught English in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. After fulfilling her commitment to TFA, Allison moved to Brooklyn where she worked as a counselor at an alternative high school and went back to school for her master’s degree in psychological counseling (as well as her school counseling certification) from Teachers College at Columbia University.

In 2003, Allison joined a team of educators and community advocates to help start the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, a small, theme-based high school in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. In her role as school counselor and college advisor at the Harbor School, Allison worked to create a college-going culture in a school where close to 100% of the students were the first in their families to pursue higher education.

In 2008, Allison and her family eagerly moved back to the Queen City. Prior to accepting the position with Say Yes, Allison worked for College Summit, Inc. (a not-for-profit dedicated to closing the higher education achievement gap) doing curriculum development, and more recently as the Director of Guidance at Grand Island Central Schools. In her role as Scholarship Director for Say Yes Buffalo, Allison works with students, families, school counselors and college representatives to ensure that all students in the City of Buffalo have access to a college education.

When she’s not guiding students and families through the complicated college application process, you are likely to find Allison knitting, sewing, cooking, or doing arts & crafts with her children.

Contact Ali at anewman@sayyestoeducation.org or 716-247-5310, ext. 204


Sharrell Billups is the Office Manager at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Brandon Boudreault is the Development Associate and Executive Assistant at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Durgham Alyasiri is the Northeast Community School Zone Leader at Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

Stacy Rankin is the Scholarship Assistant for Say Yes to Education, Buffalo.

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