Stop Hunger Now Team
As Chief Programs Officer, Allen directs Stop Hunger Now's domestic meal packaging program, international expansion of the program, aid distribution, and impact monitoring and evaluation efforts.
Allen was born in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. He and his family moved to the United States when he was 17 years old. Allen is a graduate of East Carolina University with a B.S. in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. After graduating, he joined the U.S. Peace Corps, where he worked as an HIV/AIDS educator, teaching in primary and secondary schools and organizing events in Belize, Central America. After returning to the U.S., Allen completed a Master's degree program in International Studies and Sustainable Development at North Carolina State University.
During his studies at NC State, Allen started his employment for Stop Hunger Now in May of 2007 as one of the organization’s first employees. Allen started as an intern Assistant Program Manager in Raleigh, and was promoted to Program Director of Stop Hunger Now's rapidly growing meal packaging program in 2008. As Program Director, Allen helped to open 8 new program branch locations in the U.S., and coordinated the expansion of the program to South Africa where Stop Hunger Now opened its first international meal packaging operation. Building upon the success of the South Africa model, Allen was promoted to International Operations Director to oversee the development of international meal packaging programs, and to direct Stop Hunger Now’s aid distribution.
In this role, Allen worked to open two additional offices in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Bologna, Italy in 2012. Allen is leading efforts to establish Stop Hunger Now's meal packaging program in Peru and the Philippines in 2014 and organizing meal packaging events all around the globe.
Allen lives in Raleigh with his wife Mercer and their two children, Dominic and Lola. When not at work Allen can be found wrestling with his kids or playing the family piano.