Alyson Burks was born in Portola Valley, California and raised in New Canaan, Connecticut. She has lived in the Seattle area for ten years in Belltown, Magnolia, and, most recently, on Mercer Island, where she strives for balance in the family/work/life trifecta with four young children, a wonderful husband and a small business. After graduating from Dartmouth College as a Psychology major/French minor, she was an investment banker at JPMorgan in New York City. She then worked in various roles at the Estée Lauder Companies for seven years in New York, Washington DC and Seattle. Over the last decade, she has built ARB Real Estate Services, a real estate investment and management business. In her early years in Seattle, she volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters, was a PEPS group leader, and sat on the Magnolia Cooperative Preschool board for 3 years. For the last 4 years, Alyson has proudly served on the parent board of the Sunnybeam School on Mercer Island. She is also an active volunteer at Lakeridge Elementary, currently sitting on the Principal Advisory Council. She is also a member of the Fran Nordstrom Guild at Seattle Children’s Hospital. She enjoys cooking, entertaining, music, fashion and design, and any opportunity for hot yoga, Soul Cycle and power walks!