Marcus Allen

Chief Executive Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania

Marcus Allen

Marcus Allen

Chief Executive Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania

Biography

Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA welcomed new CEO, Marcus Allen in April 2013. Allen became the first African American to serve as CEO of this storied organization which is set to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2015. Operating the largest one-to-one mentoring program in the Commonwealth and the third largest BBBS agency in the Nation, Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA is an innovative and successful mentoring program, having been a convening partner in the creation of both the Amachi Mentoring Children of Prisoners program as well as the Beyond School Walls workplace mentoring program – both of which have been replicated nationwide.

Prior to joining BBBS SEPA, Allen was CEO of ACHIEVEability, a Philadelphia-based nonprofit that seeks to help break the generational cycle of poverty for low income, single parent, and homeless families by providing academic, employment, housing and family support services.
In his role as CEO at ACHIEVEability, a position he took on in 2009, Allen oversaw a comprehensive strategy to establish educational enrichment programs, housing initiatives, adult education programs and other services to help families become self-reliant and to inspire sustainable community development.

Lauded by community-leaders and politicians alike, Allen not only improved the financial viability of the organization – turning the tide from multi-year deficits into consecutive-year surpluses – he also improved the quality of programming. Among his accomplishments at ACHIEVEability, were:
• The single most successful program outcomes year for families
• A $7.5 million Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) award to preserve 25 units of housing
• An increase in event fundraising by 75%
• Winning the prestigious Bank of America Neighborhood Builder Leadership multi-year grant ($200,000)

In recognition of his work, Allen became a highly sought-after speaker for varied topics, including: Leadership Development, Economic Development, Real Estate Development and Low Income Housing Tax Credits.

Additionally, he was honored with the following awards:
• 2014 McDonald’s Anthony De Luz Black History Maker of Today Award
• One of Philadelphia Life Magazine’s 2013 Men of the Year
• PowerShift’s Community & Civic Leader of the Year
• Philadelphia Tribune’s Top 10 list of Most Influential African Americans Under the Age of 40
• Philadelphia’s Top 40 Under 40 Professional by the Philadelphia Business Journal
• Received Inspiration Award from the Philadelphia Alliance - 2011

A graduate of Temple University and the University of Phoenix, Allen began his college career at Paine College on a General Motors Engineering Scholarship while playing basketball. Allen then played basketball professionally in Sweden, Israel, Finland and Argentina before moving to Philadelphia.

He founded the Marcus Allen Basketball Camp in 1997 for youth in Thomson, GA and has sat on the board of directors for the YMCA and for Native Vision, an organization that mentors young Native Americans. Allen currently serves on the board of directors for Universal Daroff Charter School and was recently appointed to serve on the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity oversight board.

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Chief Executive Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania
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For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

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2015

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

$500 - $1,199
2013

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

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