Charles Allison - Associate Professor of Professional Practice
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    Charles Allison

    Associate Professor of Professional Practice

    Office Location:

    Fanton Hall/Welcome Center


    Charles H. Allison, Jr. is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at The Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy at The New School for Public Engagement. He has taught at TNS since 2006. He has more than 20 years of practice-based experience in investment banking, direct private market and foundation investing, economic development finance, and renewable energy.  At Milano he has taught courses in finance, strategy, governance and leadership, and urban and economic development policy.  Students from his finance courses participated in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011, providing subject matter expertise on the financial feasibility of passive solar housing. Other projects include work on energy efficiecy and energy retro-fitting in market-rate and below-market rate housing, and evaluating biodiesel for use in distributed electricity generation. He specializes in scalable for-profit and not-for-profit entrepreneurial business models, renewable energy, strategy, leadership and governance. He also is deeply interested in case method teaching, using technology to enhance pedagogy and mentoring entrepreneurs. He was previously a visiting senior lecturer at the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University, and is a Fellows Program Mentor at The Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT. He is a frequent speaker or moderator at conferences and symposiums, most recently at Fundación México en Harvard (Harvard Foundation of Mexico) speaking on graduate business education in the U.S., at Observatorio Latino Americano Making Cities I3 (Innovation, Incubation, Inclusion: Bangkok - Buenos Aires - New York) Internatioanal Symposium through The New School's Observatory on Latin America, and at The United States Army - United States Air Force Energy Forum.

    Since 2005, he has been Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Biofuels (CWBiofuels), an alternative energy project development company, and a predecessor biofuels business. Prior to this, he founded Vision Consulting Associates, a corporate finance and economic development advisory firm that develops alternative energy projects in the United States and abroad, works with local and federal governmental agencies, and assists entrepreneurs in growing their businesses. This was preceded by five years in which he lived in South Africa working for a pan-African investment management company and a middle-market private equity fund. His other professional experience includes executive positions at JP Morgan & Co., Merrill Lynch & Co., James D. Wolfensohn, Inc., Barclays Bank, and The F.B. Heron Foundation.

    Professor Allison earned an AB from Dartmouth College with a major in Geography with a concentration in Environmental Studies, focusing on agricultural land use and agribusiness, prior to earning his MBA at Harvard Business School, where he focused on finance, general management, and entrepreneurship. He currently serves on the board of directors of WE ACT for Environmental Justice, on the Executive Committee of the Dartmouth Alumni Association of New York City, is a member of The Partnership for a New American Economy and is a member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School.

    Recent Publications:

    Op-Eds: “Immigration Reform = Growth” (Philadelphia Inquirer) and "People’s Climate March: Marchers Wanted, Big Business Need Not Apply" (Unpublished)

    Research Interests:

    general management, leadership, govrnance, entrepreneurship, energy independence, issues of national security and economic development, U.S. immigration reform, and strategic change