Allison Nelson

Allison Nelson has been helping students with applications to both undergraduate and graduate schools for nearly 20 years. She enjoys working with students 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, Allison’s skills as a writer and storyteller help her clients secure offers from top schools.

Allison has significant experience as an executive across multiple industries. In addition to working in investment banking at Credit Suisse and in consulting at Bain, she’s 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 she led a division of 750 employees.

Allison is an active volunteer who dedicates time to mentor start-up entrepreneurs and work with students on college applications, resumes, and mock interviews. She’s conducted interviews for Harvard and Wellesley and led the recruiting programs for several companies. She’s a board member for Family Law CASA, which advocates in court for children, and New Beginnings, which mobilizes awareness to end domestic violence. Allison joined Square One because she loves giving back and using her experiences and insights to help others be successful and get accepted to a top MBA program.

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

In her (very little) free time, Allison enjoys black and white photography, exploring hiking trails in the Pacific NW with her dog, and visiting her two children at college.