"As County Attorney, my top priority is to ensure justice in this community and lead the Maricopa County Attorney's Office with ethical excellence each and every day."
Allister began her legal career at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, where she was an award-winning litigator prosecuting felonies and advocating for victims’ rights. During her more than seven years as a Deputy County Attorney, she served in the Vehicular Crimes, Gang, and Drug Enforcement bureaus. Allister was then appointed to executive level leadership positions for Arizona State government from 2011 to 2015. As the Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Arizona Department of Transportation and later as General Counsel for the Arizona Department of Child Safety, she worked to build coalitions and improve policies to help the agencies achieve their mission.
Vision for MCAO:
Allister’s first priority as a prosecutor is to do justice. As the newly-appointed Maricopa County Attorney, she leads a group of talented men and women who seek justice for victims and work tirelessly to ensure that the rule of law is applied fairly. The vision of a better MCAO will be built on Allister’s priorities, which include, protecting the rights of victims and holding criminals accountable, ensuring operational efficiencies and process improvements that are grounded in evidence-based practices, and developing collaborative relationships with the courts, the sheriff’s office, partners in county government, first responders, the legislature, and those in our community who seek to better our criminal justice system.
Becoming a Rotarian has been one of the most fulfilling experiences for Allister. In 2017-2018, she served as President of Phoenix Rotary 100, the oldest and largest Rotary Club in Arizona. During her year as President, Allister raised money to support organizations fighting human trafficking, organized a mile long installation of the Red Sand Project along Central Avenue, and worked with the City of Phoenix to fund a fellowship space and butterfly garden at Starfish Place, a transitional housing facility for trafficking survivors and their families.
Allister also proudly serves on the board of the 100 Club of Arizona. The 100 Club supports first responders statewide in a variety of capacities. Thanks to the generosity of the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, the 100 Club of Arizona can help more agencies and the brave men and women who stand behind the badge. In 2020, Allister will be the first woman Chair of the Board of Directors at the 100 Club.
Before assuming the role of Maricopa County Attorney, Allister was a member of the State Bar of Arizona Ethics Advisory Group, the City of Phoenix Judicial Selection Advisory Board, the ASU Public Service Academy Advisory Board, the City of Phoenix Outstanding Young Man & Woman of the Year Scholarship Selection Committee, and the Mayor John Driggs Career & Community Award selection committee.