Alison Feigh '10
Alison Feigh is an accomplished children's book author, focusing on personal safety.
Alison Feigh ’10 is the program manager for the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (JWRC) in Minneapolis and an accomplished children’s book author.
Previously, Feigh worked at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as a case manager until 2001 when she joined the Wetterling Resource Center. She stepped away from the Wetterling Resource Center from 2008-2010 to pursue her master’s degree in criminal justice at St. Cloud State. Following the completion of her degree, she returned to JWRC with more resources and tools to use for prevention work.
At St. Cloud State, Feigh did research and assisted professor Mary Clifford with a textbook project on sex crimes based on prevention.
“So much of criminal justice tends to be reactionary instead of prevention,” Feigh said. “(Clifford) shared my passion on prevention and was able to take my initial research and writing to spring board into her work in developing resources for on-campus learning and her book project with a more national reach.”
As the textbook project nears completion, Feigh continues to support her former professor as a collaborator and editor.
Feigh’s profession doesn’t come without emotional ties. She was a classmate of Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted in 1989.
“Jacob’s classmates learned some really painful lessons, myself included,” Feigh said. “The fact that Jacob was taken away from all of us still feels so deeply unfair. When a friend is hurting or being treated unfairly, it’s important to stand up on their behalf.”
Feigh has written two children’s books in recent years that have been a nationwide success. The books are about personal safety and are meant to be springboards for encouraging parents to have important conversations with their children.
“Jacob’s classmates continue to stand up for others in a wide variety of ways. My way happens to be doing this work,” Feigh said. “The fire to do this work was ignited with Jacob’s abduction, and the families I work with continue to fan those flames.”