As Program Director for the Harmony Initiative, Allen leads and manages Justice Funders’ leadership development program to equip grant-making professionals with the community, skills, and practices to make philanthropy a true force for equity and social justice. Allen comes to Justice Funders as the principal consultant and resource mobilizer with Movement NetLab, a think-make-do tank based in Brooklyn, NY with over 15 years of experience. He is highly talented in working with funders and donors in cultivating decentralized grant-making strategies that resource social movement ecosystems towards an economic democracy. His capacity-building work in philanthropy and government has focused on supporting the development of social programs, service delivery models, community organizing campaigns and cross collaboration system change initiatives. This is conducted through advisement, strategy development, and hosting communities of practice, such as the Old Money New System network retreat that he co-founded out of the Democracy Collaborative’s Next System conference in New York City in 2016.
He worked as the Senior Consultant at BCT Partners with Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Vulnerable Populations portfolio of grantees, as well as with program officers, where he managed the development of their grant-making strategy focused on health and educational outcomes for children and families. Previously, he was the Program Manager at Strong Healthy Communities Initiative at the Community Foundation of New Jersey as part of Living Cities Integration Initiative, supporting the health and educational grant-making strategy to improve outcomes for children in Newark Public Schools.
Allen currently serves as the program director of a justice-based philanthropic initiative exploring equity in how funding is used to create economic opportunities towards Black liberation work, called The Weavers Fellowship. He is also CEO and Founder of an emerging public relations cooperative that uses creative publishing to promote Black art across the diaspora, called Zeal Press. Throughout all of his experiences, Allen is a cultural alchemist, using poetry, music, rituals, and storytelling to create joy and liberation.