Throughout her career, Ms. Allen’s primary passion has been on serving the needs of those most at risk in our communities. She has served in a number of capacities in the non-profit, education and workforce development arenas both internationally and in the U.S. and has worked across the generations to ensure vulnerable and at risk individuals have access to the resources and services they need to thrive.
Beginning her career as a special education teacher and school administrator on Andros Island, Bahamas, Ms. Allen later held positions with the AARP enterprise including Director, Economic Security and Workforce Programs and Vice President, Income Security before being named Senior Vice President for Programs for AARP Foundation in 2016.
In her current role, Ms. Allen is responsible for overseeing AARP Foundation’s programmatic portfolio that focuses on equity in increasing economic opportunity and social connections for low income older adults. Through innovation and the development and implementation of programs and interventions, the Foundation’s collective work focuses on ensuring that low income older adults are able to secure the essentials in life.
Ms. Allen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Westminster College and a Master’s Degree in Human and Organizational Learning from The George Washington University.