Alison Gardy is committed to convening culturally and experientially disparate people to discover common ground and move forward together. She has created educational programming that helps participants question assumptions, benefit from the discomfort of learning, and gain transformative insights. A multilingual relationship-builder, Alison has grown diverse communities and nurtured thriving partnerships with nonprofit and business leaders. In 2019, she founded Gardy Communication Strategies to help local and global organizations mobilize support around their endeavors. Before then, for 15+ years, she was Director of International Relations at 92nd Street Y, where she launched, led, and executed original programs such as the Ford Motor Company International Fellowship, the Diplomatic Roundtable Series, and International Way of the annual 92Y StreetFest. Previously, Alison taught writing at New York University; reported for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other publications; and, on a Fulbright creative independent study grant, investigated social change in Mexico. Alison led the Greater New York Chapter of the Fulbright Association (2000-2002), served as a Fulbright Association Board Director (2000-2006), and is thrilled to be back on the Fulbright Association board.