Allen has twenty-five years of experience as an organizational manager, project director, trainer and mediator. From 2009-2011 Allen worked in New Orleans as a community organizer and mediator focusing on police accountability and criminal justice reform. Prior to his move to New Orleans he was a project director for the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, Executive Director of YouthBASE, Inc. in Brooklyn developing school-based HIV, STD and teen pregnancy prevention and violence prevention programs in public high schools. Allen also served as Executive Director of Playing 2 Win, Inc. in East Harlem and as Deputy Executive Director of The Fortune Society in New York City. As a private consultant he has developed projects for Common Ground Community, Inc. HDFC, Non-traditional Employment for Women, NYC, the Single Parent Resource Center, NYC and other organizations. Allen was a Charles H. Revson fellow at Columbia University in 2003-2004.