BiographySince 2009, Dr. Allen has worked for an intergovernmental commission, NEIWPCC, on water quality management issues in the greater New York City metropolitan area. Prior to her current position, Dr. Allen worked for U.S. Department of State and was based at the U.S. Embassy Baghdad from 2005 to 2008, where she served as the senior advisor responsible for managing the U.S. funded $2.3 billion reconstruction program for the water and environment sector in Iraq. Prior to working in Iraq, Dr. Allen held a two-year appointment as an AAAS Diplomacy Fellow at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. where she handled all the environmental, scientific, technology, and health policy issues for the Western Hemisphere region. Dr. Allen has also held positions with the Border Environment Cooperation Commission, International Boundary and Water Commission, United Nations, state and local governments, non-governmental organizations, consultants, and private industry, including General Electric and Rohr Industries.
Dr. Allen was an adjunct faculty with the American Public University/American Military University from 2011 to 2019 and taught a variety of environmental science and policy courses for the undergraduate and graduate degree programs for environmental science, policy, and management. Her research focuses on both domestic and international environmental policy issues, and she has written extensively on trade and environment. Her work has been published in the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, Journal of Environmental Health, Journal of World Trade, The Estey Centre Journal of International Law and Trade Policy, William & Mary Environmental Law and Policy Review, Journal of Urban and Environmental Engineering, Open Political Science, Electronic Green Journal, Stanford Environmental Law Journal, and Journal of Global Analysis.
Dr. Allen received a M.P.A. and Ph.D. in public policy from Indiana University, where she studied under Dr. Elinor Ostrom, a M.B.A. and M.S. in environmental engineering from University of California at Davis, a M.R.P. and graduate certificate in G.I.S. and spatial analysis from the State University of New York at Albany, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Syracuse University. She is a registered professional engineer in mechanical engineering and civil engineering, a Project Management Professional, and an AICP certified planner.