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adventurer , entrepreneur , development consultant

Alison Levine, entrepreneur, leadership development consultant, adventurer. Named one of San Francisco's Top Business Leaders Under 40, Arizona's Most Interesting People; recipient Courage in Sports award, Anaheim Angels, 2003.


Levine, Alison was born on April 5, 1966.


Bachelor of Science in Social & Behavioral Sciences, University Arizona. Master of Business Administration, Duke University, 2000.


Positions in sales and marketing in the healthcare industry in United States and Asia, 1989—2000. With Goldman Sachs, 2000—2003. Founder, president Daredevil Strategies, San Francisco, since 2003.

Deputy finance director for Arnold Schwarzenegger, 2003. Invited speaker.


  • Achievements include climbing mountains in 1998 after a second heart surgery to repair a life threatening condition called Wolff Parkinson White Syndrome. Serving as team captain of the first American Women's Everest Expedition in 2002. Climbed highest peaks on six continents-Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Elbrus, Carstensz Pyramid, McKinley and Vinson, also Rainier, Muir, Whitney and Shasta, Cotopaxi (Ecuador), Ixta and Orizaba (Mexico).

    Skied more than 100 miles to reach the top of the world-the North Pole. Created Climb High Foundation for improving the lives of jobless women in third-world countries by training them to be trekking guides or porters for the local mountains. Involvment in Western Uganda was groundbreaking because it was the first time the local women had climbed mountains because it was forbidden due to cultural beliefs (subordinate status of women).

    Raised funds to build two schools in Nepal. Helped to fund the construction of a school for Acuired Immune Deficiency Syndrome orphans in Uganda.


  • Other Work

    • Guest appearences on Today Show, Cable News Network, Consumer News and Business Channel, Fox ABC News, Columbia Broadcasting System Evening News and other national programs, subject of articels in Oprah Magazine, National Geographic, Lifetime Magazine, Sports Illustrated Women, Outside and other publications, host of blog womenclimbhigh. Spaces. Inc.

      Com, featured in More Than 85 Broads, Smart Moves. Performer: The Vagina Monologues, California Theater, 2005.


Participant North Pole Leadership Challenge, 2004. Founder The Climb High Foundation, since 2005. Founding member World Wildlife Fund's Young Partners in Conservation.

Member of Association of Women MBAS, 85 Broads (co-chair).


  • Other Interests

    Mountaineering, adventure travel, philanthropy, women's initiatives, theater, reading.