Alight Is…


Alight Coaching and Consulting is Alison Traina, M.Ed., someone who’s a huge fan of speaking in the first person. I’m a Bay Area-based coach, consultant, and educator who has spent the past ten years serving young people in a variety of community and school settings.  I believe that strong and dynamic relationships are the secret ingredient to doing anything well, and I’m a big proponent of radical justice, radical communication, and radical self-love. My work is grounded in racial and social justice practices, and I’m committed to creating a more equitable society for all.

Prior to launching Alight, I worked for a nonprofit supporting current and former foster and probation youth through their transition out of the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. In that position, I combined coaching and case management in my work with youth for over three years. I have previous experience running afterschool and summer leadership development programs for high schoolers, professional internship programs for young adults, and mentoring programs for elementary and middle schoolers.  I’m an avowed curriculum nerd, and I love creating learning experiences that land squarely outside of the box.

I earned a master’s degree in Education from Vanderbilt University, where I focused my studies on culturally responsive teaching practices, and the relationship between schools and community-based organizations.  I also hold a bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a minor in Ethnic Studies from UC Davis.  I have begun Coaching for Transformation, an International Coach Federation-backed coaching certification program, and will be a Certified Professional Coach by March 2017.

I have a huge passion for Cuban salsa dancing, and I can be found performing in San Francisco’s Carnaval parade and on stages all around the Bay Area.  I’m currently apprenticing as a dance teacher in Oakland and San Francisco.  Additional superpowers include being able to tell if you’ve just gotten a haircut, freestyling songs about whatever you’re doing right now, and making even the grumpiest people laugh.