Public Warning in the 21st Century
The Partnership for Public Warning's (PPW) National Strategy and Conference

Kenneth B. Allen

Executive Director
Partnership for Public Warning

May 7, 2003 -- 12:00 Noon Eastern Time

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PPW Executive Director

Kenneth B. Allen is an accomplished executive and leader with experience as president and chief executive officer, government relations expert and lobbyist, newspaper publisher, senior government official and management consultant.

Mr. Allen is currently the executive director of the Partnership for Public Warning, a new not-for-profit institute established to improve the nation's public warning capabilities. PPW is unique in that it provides a forum where private industry, academia, non-profits and local, state and federal governments are working together to improve America's ability to alert and warn citizens.

Before joining PPW Mr. Allen was a consultant assisting non-profit organizations improve their management and operations, grow their markets and communicate their message. Services include strategic planning, product development, marketing, government relations, public relations and futures research services. Mr. Allen has a special expertise in change management.

Mr. Allen spent five years as the executive vice president and chief executive officer of the National Newspaper Association (NNA). As the voice of America's community newspapers, NNA is the largest newspaper association in the nation. Mr. Allen was also the publisher of Publishers' Auxiliary, the oldest newspaper serving the newspaper industry. Campaign & Elections magazine cited him as one of the "Rising Political Stars of '98."

Mr. Allen also spent 10 years with the Information Industry Association (IIA), a Washington, DC-based trade association representing over five hundred of the world's leading publishing, technology, and telecommunications companies. In addition to managing the association, Mr. Allen also managed the Global Alliance of Information Industry Associations (GAIIA), a network of information industry associations in over 30 countries. The National Journal profiled Mr. Allen as the "top gun of the information industry"

Mr. Allen served under Presidents Bush, Carter and Reagan as a senior policy analyst with the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB). While at OMB, Mr. Allen was responsible for overseeing the acquisition and management of government information technology. He was instrumental in developing and implementing the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs within OMB as well as major policies governing executive branch information activities on information access, dissemination, and privacy. He also participated in President Reagan's regulatory reform program and President Carter's Data Processing Reorganization Project.

Mr. Allen has a BA in political science from the University of Illinois and an MS in administration from George Washington University.