Alison Hickey Tshangana is currently working as an independent consultant in the areas of urbanisation and human settlement policy research and development. She has senior management experience at provincial level in both the housing sector and Treasury. As Director: Policy, Research and Information Management at the Western Cape Department of Local Government and Housing (2008-2009), she was responsible for developing Western Cape housing policy. Her areas of interest include human settlement policies and programmes, inter-governmental finance and public expenditure analysis of HIV/AIDS.
Prior to 2008, Alison spent two years heading the budget office at the Western Cape Provincial Treasury. During her four years at IDASA, Alison spearheaded the AIDS Budget Unit, which undertook research and capacity-building activities on budgeting for government's response to HIV/AIDS.
Alison obtained a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University in 2000, having earned her Bachelor's degree in Political Science (cum laude) and Religious Studies from Brown University in Rhode Island, US, in 1994.