Chief Operations & Projects Officer

Allison Schapker


Allison Schapker joined the Fairmount Park Conservancy team in 2018 to lead the organization’s transformation of the 350-acre FDR Park in South Philadelphia. As Chief Operations & Projects Officer, she works with partners to co-author a public-realm strategy that engages communities, inspires investment, and maximizes impact. Allison is responsible for overseeing and aligning the Conservancy’s planning, capital delivery, and maintenance activities in Fairmount Park and FDR Park. She also leads the Conservancy’s efforts to activate these parks through public programming, leasing, and the adaptive reuse of historic structures.

Allison graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a Masters in Architecture before moving to Philadelphia. Prior to joining the Conservancy, Allison gained 15 years of experience working with mission-driven clients across private and institutional sectors. Whether building a six-acre waterfront park or conserving 1,600 acres of Appalachian forest, her work connects infrastructure, ecology, and design with the people, programs, and finances that will sustain them. Today, Allison serves on the national Public Development and Infrastructure Council of the Urban Land Institute and Lambda Alpha International.

In her spare time, you might find Allison riding an old police horse named Garth.