Established in 2023

With experience and passion in three diverse areas (national security, environment and energy), Allison saw an opportunity to help bridge these disparate fields and enable mutually-beneficial progress. With over 20 years experience, her unconventional career path is a powerful asset to help your company tackle some of today’s toughest challenges.

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River Basin LLC helps stakeholders in the energy sector incorporate geopolitical risk into their thinking during the business planning process.


River Basin LLC strives to see energy companies making business decisions that positively impact the environment and reduce their geopolitical risk.


Core Assertions

  • How the energy transition takes shape will affect US national security.
  • Global geopolitics, climate change and the energy transition are intricately linked and impossible to decouple.
  • All options to reduce GHG emissions are important pathways to meet Paris Agreement goals. There is no magic bullet.
  • Every fossil-based energy company should evaluate its options to decarbonize.
  • Measuring lifecycle GHG emissions is currently the most accurate way to capture GHG reduction impacts.
  • The global geopolitical landscape is different than it has even been, which means business needs to do things they have never done.

Diverse Experience Across Fields

With over 20 years of experience working in the national security field, Allison is a longtime business and military leader. She brings trademark candor, clarity, and integrity to every professional endeavor. Allison has a reputation for transforming programs, cultivating growth, and driving operational excellence

U.S. Air Force

5 years joint tactical and operational experience supporting US military forces in all DOD branches on three continents, as well as Coalition forces during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF).

Defense Intelligence Agency

3 years strategic analysis at the national level focused on threat finance, counter-terrorism and counter-WMD. Extensive collaboration with national, inter-agency and multi-country partners to tackle the complexities of emerging threats.

6 years supporting downstream operations: business planning, strategic planning environmental technology evaluation, fuels policy analysis, and environmental compliance in refinery and chemical plants.

U.S. Navy Reserve

14 years in multiple leadership roles and staff positions, including two Commanding Officer tours of units aligned towards Strategic Competitors, as well as strategic analysis during Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) supporting joint and coalition partners.

U.S. Air Force Academy

BS in Geography

Focus on the earth as a dynamic system with physical, cultural, ecological, and human layers all interacting and impacting each other. Specific focus on the African continent.

Norwich University

MA in Diplomacy

Deep dive into the conflict spectrum and how humans, as part of nation states or non-nation states, interact and impact the earth. Specific focus on the African continent

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PhD in Environmental Engineering
Water treatment focus with application of first principles, reactor design and construction, modeling and long-term lab studies. Dissertation on catalytic nitrate reduction in ion exchange waste brine.

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