Alison Guan was born and raised in Northern California and attended UC Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley, earning a Master’s from UCB’s School of Information. She had a career as a User Experience Designer which she’s now moved on from, but she retains a strong interest in design. Alison is also passionate about education and is an active volunteer with an organization that advocates for kids with special education needs. She also volunteers in a 3rd grade classroom in East Menlo Park, working with kids who are struggling with reading. Alison lives in Palo Alto, CA with her husband and two sons, and is very pleased that her boys are avid readers. She loved reading all manner of things to her boys when they were younger, including Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings.