Alison Benes - Heller Consulting

Alison Benes

Senior Consultant

Alison joined the Heller team after working for more than 7 years at Cara Collective, a leading workforce development organization in Chicago. At Cara Collective, Alison administrated the entire organization’s Salesforce instance and even developed a web portal for Cara participants to manage their job search and view their status within the program all by using Salesforce.

A creative consultant who leans on Salesforce expertise (she’s completed over 100 Trailhead badges!), Alison is passionate about helping nonprofits succeed. Her career is centered around partnering with inspiring clients to thoroughly understand their needs and leveraging Salesforce functionality to support strategy.


  • Salesforce-certified Administrator

  • Salesforce-certified Platform App Builder

  • Salesforce-certified Nonprofit Cloud Consultant  
  • UCI-certified ascend Configuration Specialist 
  • Salesforce-certified Education Cloud Consultant 


  • B.A. in Economics from Loyola University Chicago
  • M.S. in Information Systems from DePaul University


  • Attending film festivals
  • Astrology (proud Gemini!)
  • Eating NY-style pizza

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