Allegra Calder

Allegra is a Principal at BERK. She is a policy analyst and facilitator with a background in community development, real estate, housing, and land use policy. She has extensive research and writing experience and focuses on transportation, education, and health and human services policy projects. She is a skilled facilitator and enjoys working with committees to develop recommendations on complex policy questions. Prior to joining BERK, she worked at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. She has published research on housing policy and finance and served as a consultant and faculty to NeighborWorks America. Allegra received her B.A. with distinction from McGill University and her M.A. in Urban Design from Oxford Brookes University. She is on the Board of the Seattle Parks Foundation, a member of the YMCA of Greater Seattle Education Steering Committee, and a member of King County’s Parks Levy Oversight Board. She is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Tomorrow.


Originally from Canada, Allegra met her husband, Gabe, in Guatemala and moved to Seattle in 2004. She loves to bike. In addition to riding all around Seattle, she has cycled in over 30 countries, most recently Sri Lanka. Aside from planning the next bike tour, favorite activities include attending events at Town Hall, cross country skiing, skyping with her father, and reading.