Duke Leadership Academy Scholars Profile

Allison Besch

Allison Besch

Title: Director, Career Services
Location:
Senior Management Area: Nicholas School of Environment
Class Year: 2023

Bio:
Allison provides strategic direction for the Career and
Professional Development Center at the Nicholas School of
the Environment, Duke University. Her team manages career
development for professional graduate students and
executive education for environmental professionals. Her
primary duties include managing client/alumni/employer
relations, new program development, and coaching
professional students in career exploration.

Allison has over 20 years of experience in science
communication and educational program design, including
work at National Geographic magazine, the Florida Keys
National Marine Sanctuary, and the North Carolina
Maritime Museums. She has served on the Board of
Directors of the North Carolina Coastal Federation for 10
years. Allison holds a BA in geology and environmental
studies from Colgate University, and a Master of
Environmental Management degree from Duke University.