Ivory is a Black woman who owes her life to the contributions Black women sowed into her—namely her mother, aunt, and grandmother. She is a native Philadelphian who was raised by her single mother in West and South Philadelphia. She graduated from West Catholic High School and Saint Joseph's University with a B.S. in Sociology. Although her commitment to Philadelphia is well documented, Ivory has expanded her horizons by studying abroad in Sydney/Melbourne, Australia.
In 2004, her mother passed away and she took on the responsibility at 24 on raising her 12-year-old sister. Without the love of her aunt and grandmother and the core values that her mother instilled in her, she didn’t know how she’d make it, but she not only survived, her and her sister thrived. Ivory Allison is an accomplished executive in the nonprofit industry with outstanding credentials and a proven record of results. In 2006, after more than five years of dedicated service from everything from an event coordinator to the Director of Events, Ivory was appointed as Vice-President of Programming and Production for the nation's premiere Independence Day celebration, Sunoco Welcome America! She is widely known to many as the ‘go-to-woman’ for her strong expertise in event planning/production. In 2007 she represented the City of Philadelphia at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards and in Athens, Greece for the International Festival & Events Association.
She was appointed the first African American Executive Director of the American Liver Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Division in November 2011 after joining the organization in 2010 and currently is the first and only African American Executive at the American Liver Foundation national level. She was listed as one of the 10 people under 40 to watch in 2007 by the Philadelphia Tribune Newspaper, listed as one of the African American leaders in the City of Philadelphia from 2016-2020 and one of the Women of Distinction for the Philadelphia Business Journal. Ivory has cultivated an amazing career and the best part is it is just beginning.