Throughout a career of over forty years, Bill Allen has been an innovative and strategic leader in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. He held senior management positions in three local United Ways, most recently as executive vice president of community services at the United Way of Rhode Island (1977 to 2004). He led a community building operation focused on systems change and achieving results. He also served as interim president of this United Way in 1996.
Allen teaches courses in nonprofit policy and practice, social entrepreneurship and strategy. He also has co-responsibility for the graduate capstone program. Allen has also been a member of the adjunct faculties at Providence College and Boston College School of Social Work and has lectured at Rhode Island College.
Allen was elected to a four-year term on the Cumberland School Committee in 1986 and chair of the committee in 1988. He has been chair of the boards of Lincoln School, Amos House, RI Service Alliance (now Serve RI), RI Kids Count, Clean Power Now and the Cumberland Library. He now serves on the board of Butler Hospital Foundation and is vice chair of the board at Children’s Friend. He is also a member of the Strategic Planning Committee of Care New England.
Bill has a Master in Social Planning (MSP) degree from Boston College School of Social Work. He received the John O. Stiteley Distinguished Public Service Award from the RI Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration and the David E. Sweet Leadership Award from Leadership Rhode Island.