A Tribute to Allison Kennedy

  • May 15, 2023
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Allison Kennedy: A Tribute
Director of Government Relations
Advocates for Highway and Road Safety

Allison Kennedy, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates) Director of Government Relations, died May 10, 2023, after recently suffering a brain aneurysm. She will be remembered as a dedicated public health and safety activist, wonderful colleague, caring friend, cherished daughter, devoted wife and dedicated mother.

Allison was a key member of the staff of Advocates, having joined more than a decade ago as a Legislative Assistant. She was supremely talented and quickly gained more and more responsibilities during her tenure, including spearheading Advocates’ annual Roadmap to Safety report, serving as a media spokesperson, and performing a critical leadership role during negotiations on safety provisions achieved in the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Allison was well known on Capitol Hill as an ardent champion for safe roads, safe vehicles and safe road users. She cultivated a safety legacy that will continue to prevent crashes and save lives for years to come. Tributes and condolences from Advocates’ Board of Directors, members of Congress, federal agency leaders, partners, and safety organizations have poured in. Allison’s untimely passing is a monumental personal and professional loss for the Advocates’ team and for those who work closely with the organization.

She held a Master of Public Policy degree from American University and was a graduate of Washington State University.

Allison leaves behind her loving husband, their adorable young sons, her parents and numerous family members, friends and colleagues.

In lieu of flowers, please consider supporting the education fund for her sons, Christopher “Kit” and Callahan “Cal” Kennedy. Click on the GoFundMe here.

For more about Allison’s remarkable life, click here to her obituary.