Allison McManus received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from the University of Rhode Island. She spent two years working in New York City as a marketing manager for Team Enterprises and the Healthy Beverage Company. She moved to Portland, OR to pursue her Master of Business Administration degree from Portland State University. During this time she worked as a graduate assistant in the Food Industry Leadership Center and acted as Prof. Mellie Pullman's research assistant for Food Supply Chain Management: Economic, Social, and Environmental Perspectives. She is currently an operations manager for Target Corporation.