Florida's 17th District
Born to a minister and special-needs instructor, Allen learned early on while growing up in the agricultural-based, rural city of Wachula, FL, that service to his community and fellow man were the cornerstones of a life well lived. Allen is known for his vision, perspective, and commitment to servant leadership that have enabled him to effect profound change in individuals and communities.
After graduating from Hardee Senior High School in 1999, Allen went on to receive his Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science, with a concentration in Business Administration, from Florida Southern College. While attending FSC, he was also elected Treasurer of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, FSC Chapter and soon thereafter, became the organization's first African-American President.
During this time, Allen was actively involved in community organizing initiatives. These efforts led to the creation of The Community Economic Council, Inc. where he served as Treasurer and later served as the organization's advocate in Washington. The CEC was created to educate and inspire members of the community on issues surrounding business ownership, trade and commerce. During his tenure at the CEC, Allen hosted community forums, town hall meetings, and events designed to strengthen communities in business and home ownership, public-private partnerships, government contracting, financial literacy, trade, and commerce.
Allen founded the Center for Economic & Policy Development, Inc. (The Center) to facilitate economic growth throughout Central Florida and rural parts of the country. His vision, core philosophies and strong principles are igniting young future leaders from around the country. The Emerging Leaders Initiative, a project placed under The Center, facilitates his vision of pairing young bright minds with current leaders in the fields of medicine, science, engineering, law, policy and politics.