Allie Bernstein: Contributing Editor; Lifestyle Director

Allie Bernstein graduated from Brown University where she majored in Development Studies with a focus on the public health and rights of women and youth in South Africa. Human rights has been an underlying influence in Allie’s life since she was a young child. Her earliest family memories include sitting around the Thanksgiving dinner table with dissidents from around the world and their various translators. Allie says that her biggest role model is her grandfather, Robert L. Bernstein, who served as the President and CEO of Random House for 25 years before he went on to become the Founding Chair of Human Rights Watch in 1973. Allie credits her love of writing and her creative/ADD way of thinking to her grandfather, who always tells people “I’m trying to change the world, but the world is resisting,” or “Never worry what other people think of you because they probably aren’t thinking of you at all.” (Along with many other catch phrases.) During her time at Brown, Allie spent a year in Cape Town, South Africa, where she worked for an organization called Hoops4Hope, which teaches basketball and life skills to under privileged youth. The following summer she met Nisreen co-chairing a charity party for Hoops4Hope in the Hamptons, and it was love at first sight – the birthing of soul sisters. After graduating from Brown, Allie worked as an Assistant to Charlie Rose and then as a producer for Bloomberg Television and Radio for four years in New York City, before deciding to escape the cold New York winters and move to San Francisco to work with her African Cheetah Soul Sister Lil’ Niz.