Who is the Nashville Rise Team?

Allison Simpson

Lead Organizer

As Lead Organizer for Nashville Rise, Allison recruits, engages and manages the relationship with public school parents. Allison worked for eight years in the mental health field at Centerstone. In this work, she was a Community Support Specialist for both adults and homeless veterans where she provided support for those adult’s personal needs and to nurture their strengths. She volunteers with Hands on Nashville, Second Harvest Food Bank and doing various community activities with her daughter’s school – she has two, one of which is a school-aged child. Allison earned her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology from Auburn University.

LaToya Green


As Organizer for Nashville Rise, Latoya recruits and engages parent advocates in Davidson County. Prior to this role, Latoya worked with Memphis City Schools now Shelby County Schools for more than six years. She worked with students who were below grade level in math and English language arts. As their case manager, she was also responsible for providing them with college readiness and career training. She volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, and each year she and her family provide school supplies to families that attend the Back-to-School Fair at Lake Providence Missionary Baptist Church. Latoya earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Mississippi and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from the University of Memphis.