Allison Gister

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Director, Grants & Knowledge Management

Allison Gister leads the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s grants management team, applying best practices for effective, efficient, and knowledgeable grantmaking that aligns with Foundation requirements and complies with IRS regulations. She also partners with leadership and others to further develop an innovative knowledge management strategy to foster learning, communication, and decision making.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Gister spent more than eight years at the Annenberg Foundation, most recently serving as Grants Manager, where she also provided programmatic support to members of the Board of Directors. 

She holds a master’s degree in social entrepreneurship from the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business, and a bachelor’s degree in history from Washington University in St. Louis. Gister is currently a member of the PEAK Grantmaking Board of Directors, a community of 8,000 grants professionals advancing equitable, effective grantmaking practices.