Alison Goldstein Lebovitz has never been at a loss for words. Fortunately she’s been able to make a living off her gift for gab. For the past nine years she has been the host of The A List with Alison Lebovitz, an engaging one-on-one weekly interview series for PBS that features a diverse array of local and national personalities. She also combines her penchant for humor with her passion for storytelling to deliver motivational talks across North America, and has been honored to serve as a TedX speaker, coach and emcee. In her spare time she hosts a weekly podcast with her sister called Sis & Tell and serves as co-founder and president of One Clip at a Time, a nonprofit inspired by the Paper Clips Project started in Whitwell, Tennessee, that helps teachers impart critical lessons of service learning, empathy, and tolerance in classrooms across North America and prepares students to be stakeholders in the world they live. She is also the author of Am I There Yet? a collection of her candid essays and life-inspired stories.
Driven by her community spirit, faith and insomnia, Alison serves on numerous nonprofit boards, including the Jewish Federations of North America and Greater Chattanooga, Tennessee Aquarium, Jordan Thomas Foundation, Read20, and United Way of Greater Chattanooga. She currently serves as board chair for the Lyndhurst Foundation and UnifiEd, a public school advocacy organization. In 2015 she was appointed by Governor Bill Haslam to serve on the Tennessee Holocaust Commission. She is also a proud co-founder of Aleph Bet Children’s Center, a three-star community preschool that opened in Chattanooga in 2002, and served as the 2012 Campaign Chair for United Way of Greater Chattanooga.
In 2006, Alison became one of the youngest people to be named the Leadership Fundraiser of the Year by the Southeastern Tennessee Association of Fundraising Professionals, and in 2007, she was designated as a Chattanooga Woman of Distinction. Professionally, Alison also has served as a political analyst for the Consulate General of Japan in Chicago, an international press coordinator for the Coca-Cola Company during the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, and a public relations executive for Johnson Waterhouse Public Relations in Chattanooga.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Alison graduated with honors from Brandeis University and holds a master’s degree in radio/television/film from Northwestern University. She and her husband, Alan, live in Chattanooga, Tennessee with their three boys, Arthur, Abe and Levi.