Alison Hansen-Decelles joined NSC in 2019 as Associate Director of Development. She has had a longstanding interest in ethics and in relieving suffering, which led her to study philosophy in college and graduate school, and for seven years she did sociological research on strains of violence against women. She’s lived abroad five times. For two years she taught English in a public high school in France, where she took French classes alongside refugees and was struck by their courage and resilience. After returning to the US, she began her career in fundraising at the Wagner Free Institute of Science, a natural history museum that offers free science education to all. Now she fundraises on behalf of refugees, asylum-seekers, and immigrants at NSC. She holds a BA in philosophy and art history from Williams College and an MPhil in philosophy from the University of Cambridge.