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.

Ariba Qureshi


As Organizer for Nashville Rise, Ariba is responsible for managing the relationships with parents and volunteers. Additionally, she assists in the programming for Nashville Rise and engaging parents on social media. Prior to this position, she served as a Field Organizer for Mayor Megan Barry’s successful mayoral campaign. In that role, she coordinated and trained volunteers, as well as managed canvassing efforts. She also worked alongside the campaign team to engage the community for Mayor Barry’s campaign. Ariba is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies and Political Science.