Public Engagement

  • Faculty

    Charles Allison

    Associate Professor of Professional Practice

    Office Location:

    Fanton Hall/Welcome Center


    Office: 72 Fifth Avenue, Room 507, New York, NY 10011 | 212-229-5400 Ext 1617 |

    Fall 2017 Office Hours: MONDAYS 2:30pm to 4:10pm or by appointment through video. Contact me directly and I will do my best to arrange a mutually convenient time.

    Charles H. Allison, Jr., Associate Professor of Professional Practice, Finance, Energy Policy, and Sustainability Management, Faculty Director, The Finance Lab at The New School and Chair, Management, Leadership and Entrepreneurship Degree Program for the Bachelor's Program for Adults & Transfer Students (BPATS) at The New School for Public Engagement and is Chair of the Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility (ACIR) at The New School.

    Professor Allison has taught at The New School since 2006. He has more than 20 years of practice-based experience in investment banking, financial advisory and consulting, direct private market and foundation investing, economic development finance, and renewable energy.  At the Milano School he has taught courses in finance, strategy, governance and leadership, and urban and economic development policy and is a faculty lab advisor in the Urban Policy Analysis and Urban Policy Lab Courses. 

    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. Since 2013 he has worked with different interdisciplinary teams from Parsons The New School of Design and The Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy on the ULI Hines Competition. Other projects include work on energy efficiency 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.

    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, and 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. Professor Allison is a co-chair of the University Faculty Senate (UFS).  He also serves on the board of directors of WE ACT for Environmental Justice WEACT), on the Executive Committee of the Dartmouth Alumni Association of New York City and the Dartmouth Alumni Council, ,is a member of The Partnership for a New American Economy, a bi-partisan group supporting U.S. immigration reform, and is a member of the Admissions Board at Harvard Business School.

    Degrees Held:

    MBA, Harvard Business School, with a focus on Finance, General Management, and Entrepreneurship.

    A.B., Dartmouth College, with a major in Geography, and a concentration in Environmental Studies, focusing on Agricultural Land Use and Agribusiness.

    Professional Affiliations:

    Academy of Management

    Alumni Council at Dartmouth College

    U.S. Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Executive Energy Leadership Program

    U.S. Army War College Foundation



    Recent Publications:

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

    Research Interests:

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

    Awards And Honors:

    Invited to participate in the 2016 White House Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2016) at Stanford University.

    INvited to attend the 7th Annual White House Tribal Nations Conference (2015).

    Selected to participate in the 2012 Executive Energy Leadership Program at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) - earned a certificate in Renewable Energy Leadership. 

    Selected to participate in the 2013 National Security Seminar at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, PA. - earned a certificate in National Security Leadership.