Allison Nelson

I’ve been helping students with applications for 20+ years. I love working with clients to discover what makes each unique, and how to craft their story to stand out with admissions officers.

As Editor of The Harbus (the HBS newspaper) while a student, and former President of a literary magazine and publishing company, my skills as a writer and storyteller help my clients secure offers from top schools including HBS, Wharton, Booth, Haas, INSEAD, and many more. I’ve also successfully supported applicants for specialty programs including dual degrees, deferred, executive and part-time programs. My direct, honest, and supportive style leads to success!

Aside from admissions work, I have significant experience as an executive across multiple industries. In addition to working in investment banking at Credit Suisse and in consulting at Bain, I've founded several companies including a chain of wine bars, and held executive positions for both start-ups and larger companies, including a publicly traded e-commerce company where I led a division of 750 employees.

I’m also an active volunteer who dedicates time to mentor start-up entrepreneurs, support women in business, and work with low-income communities on resumes and mock interviews. I provide applicants with insight into best interviewing practices since I’ve led the recruiting programs for several companies, accelerators, and VC firms, and conducted interviews for Harvard and Wellesley.

I received a BA from Wellesley College in Chinese Studies. While earning my MBA from HBS, and in addition to serving as Editor of The Harbus, I was VP of The Women’s Student Association, and received both the President’s award for graduating student and a Harvard fellowship that provided funds for tuition.

I’m currently splitting time between Arizona and Washington State, with frequent stints to visit family on the east coast.