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Allister works to advance literacy. He is a board member of Bibliothèques Sans Frontières and an advisory board member of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards. He was previously a Robert Bosch Stiftung Fellow at the Global Public Policy Institute, a Visiting Researcher at UNESCO's Institute for Lifelong Learning, and the Executive Director of Libraries Without Borders. Allister has developed literacy programs that have won the Google Impact Challenge and the WISE Award. Allister was on the International Literacy Association’s “30 Under 30” list in 2019 and was featured onstage at the closing plenary of the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in 2016. Allister holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. Allister is a member of the DC Rotary Club, a volunteer with Georgetown Village, and the market manager of the Rose Park Farmers’ Market.