Allison Morhaim Ciechanover is the Director of the HBS California Research Center located in Menlo Park, California. Allison oversees the team that develops teaching cases and supports faculty research on Bay Area companies. She also serves as the School's liaison with the West Coast entrepreneurial community, assisting with MBA admissions, alumni relations, and MBA job search activities. She received her B.A. (magna cum laude) from the University of Pennsylvania, her MBA from Harvard Business School in 2002 and a Masters of International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University School for Advanced International Studies.

After graduating from Harvard Business School, Allison joined Goldman Sachs in Investment Management. She later joined Invitrogen (now Life Technologies), where she led process improvement efforts in the Finance Group. Most recently, Allison was a VP for Investments at Pacific Corporate Group, a La Jolla-based private equity fund of funds. Prior to her years at HBS, Allison worked in Goldman Sachs's Executive Office, and at the U.S. Department of Treasury.

A native New Yorker, Allison (known as Allie) now resides in Burlingame with her entrepreneur husband, their two children and family dog, Nutmeg.