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ALISON MARIELLA DÉSIR

Founder of Run 4 All Women & Harlem Run

Named by Women's Running as one of twenty women who are changing the sport of running and the world and featured among The Root 100, Alison is the founder of Harlem Run (an NYC-based running movement) and Run 4 All Women (an initiative that has raised over $150,000 for Planned Parenthood), and just launched the podcast Finding Meaning (on the RUN), available on iTunesGoogle MusicSoundCloud and Stitcher.  Alison is currently featured alongside American Ballet Theatre® principal ballerina Misty Copeland, world champion sprinter Natasha Hastings, professional stuntwoman Jessie Graff, and Chinese taekwondo champion and actress Zoe Zhang (Lanxin Zhang) in Under Armor’s latest global campaign, Unlike Any, which celebrates and honors the unprecedented achievements of female athletes that rise above gender comparisons and stand on their own as marvels of athletic prowess.

Alison has a wealth of grassroots marketing experience as well as expertise in building authentic and engaging communities around health and wellness.  Alison is CPR/AED certified, a USATF level 1 certified coach and an RRCA certified coach.  Alison uses all of these skills and experiences to help others take the necessary steps to create positive change in their lives and find meaning on the run. Alison holds her BA in History, MA in Latin American and Caribbean Regional Studies, and MA in Counseling Psychology, all from Columbia University.