CAROLE WARD ALLEN,CEO
Dr. Carole Ward Allen is founder and CEO of CWA Partners, LLC is a woman-owned consulting business enterprise, specializing in transportation, with offices in Jack London Square and Atlanta Georgia. She is a lifetime resident of Oakland, a graduate of the Oakland Public Schools, a graduate of San Jose State University (BA, MA) and Nova Southeastern University (Ed.D). A respected Bay Area Artist, Ward Allen also studied internationally in Paris France and West Africa. Her professional career includes over 25 years of transportation and governmental experience and over 40 years as a community college professor/administrator in the Peralta Community College District.
Specifically, her transportation and government expertise included being an elected member of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Board of Directors, serving 3 terms, including president of the board in 2008. Governor Jerry Brown appointed Ward Allen to the California Commission on the Status of Women (during his first time as Governor) where she served as president and in both of these positions, she became a staunch policy maker in advancing women, minorities and small business enterprises. Also during these early years, Ward Allen formulated Bay Area Entrepreneurs (BAWE), an organization providing business support, for women in business. BAWEs office was located at "A Central Place," (A women-owned incubator/hub located in Oakland's City Center) serving a membership of hundreds in the 1980s. Ward Allen was invited to serve as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Businesses and later invited to the White House Conference on Women by President Reagan's daughter, Maureen Reagan.
During her career in higher education, Ward Allen served as a professor, scholar, consultant and administrator. She co-founded and established much of the curriculum for the Laney College African American Studies Department along with teaching art, film, drama, history, women studies, and politics. She also served as president of the Peralta Federation of Teachers-- Political Action Committee, chair of African America Studies, and supervisor of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), that was the largest senior volunteer group in Northern California-- outreaching to hundreds of agencies and 1000 volunteers.
She is a retiree from the Laney College but continues as an adjunct professor and lecturer focusing on two highly popular courses she is known for in Politics and Film.
Dr. Ward Allen's transportation background, knowledge of the East Bay and passion for community outreach and economic development (particularly in small business entrepreneurs, women and minorities), makes her a well qualified member of the CHEC- SUDA team. Ward Allen credits her father, the late Claude O. Allen Esquire, who was described in a 1985 Oakland Tribune article as a pioneer and pathfinder, for inspiring her to pursue business ownership and to serve her community. Ward Allen listened to his advice and followed in his footsteps owning several small businesses. Ironically, he was a founding member of the Trans-Bay Engineers and Builders organization and the Minority Contractors Association launching a legacy for her to uphold. Consequently building livable communities near BART transportation affords Ward Allen the opportunity to be responsible for assuring that the West Oakland Development will showcase the historical and cultural diversity of the community where she lived as a small child, while ensuring that these efforts are consistent with the BART vision and mission.
Ward Allen has been a member of other boards and associations including the Capitol Corridor Board (Alternate) City of Alameda Transportation Board, Oakland Chamber of Commerce, Asian Chamber of Commerce, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials, Airport Minority Advisory Council, and the Peralta Federation of Teachers-Political Action Committee (PAC).
Relevant Transportation Experience
BART DIRECTOR (1998-2010)
CWA Partners, LLC was selected to the CHEC-SUDA Team because of Dr. Ward Allen's unique record of service and dedication in a variety of venues within Oakland's diverse cultural and social communities. She is a lifelong resident, and graduate of the Oakland Public School system, and a retired/adjunct professor, and former administrator for the Peralta Community College District. Additionally she also has a strong background and focus on transportation projects, education and cultural arts features as are the requirements stated in the plan for West Oakland Stakeholders requirements. Below you will find a brief biography overview of her life experiences that qualify her for this position.
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