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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)

  •  Advocated and secured millions of dollars for many of BARTs Legacy projects such as Oakland Airport Connector, Fruitvale Transit Village, Coliseum, Lake Merritt Stations and strong support for West Oakland Transit Village. 
  • Selected Chair, BART Police Review Committee to improve safety and security at stations: led effort to strengthen BART police visibility/response time to improve police/community interaction and relationships and developing better ecological systems with bike patrols, reducing use of intrusive vehicles such as SWAT cars.
  • Created BARTs first Small Business Advisory committee.
  • Provided support for fast tracking the Trans Bay Tube Strengthening Plans and advocated against multi-million service cuts to avoid impeding passenger safety
  • Initiated over 15 Town Hall meetings throughout BART Districts especially Chinatown, Fruitvale and West Oakland to reach undeserved and multi-lingual citizens with purpose of improving signage and translators for non-English speaking citizens to enhance their travel experiences and enhance safety and security during emergency situations  that might occur; purpose was to solicit first-hand input directly from the riders. 

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.


  • Appointed to the Commission by former Mayor Lionel Wilson (1987-1993), and elected President of the Port Commission unanimously, serving two consecutive years.
  • As Port  Commissioner, she was instrumental in the review and approval of the Port's Vision 2000 Program which incorporated major developments at Oakland International Airport, Seaport and Commercial Real Estate Development.
  • Other initiatives included the development of the Jack London Square Amtrak Station, construction of a new port headquarters building with retail, introduction of South West Airlines (and others) to the Oakland International Airport and recovery from the 1989 Oakland San Francisco Loma Prieta Earthquake.
  • Traveled on a number of trade missions in Europe and Asia where she met with ocean carriers, owners and operators, airline representatives and governmental officials on air, water, and rail transportation issues and challenges.
  • Advocated for improved human resources policies and established a Blue Ribbon Task Force of labor, business, and community leaders to resolve the dredging and environmental issues.   
  •  In 1992 while serving in her last year as president of the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, she was instrumental in acquiring public and private funding for the creation of the Oakland Public Schools' Aviation High School Program at Castlemont High School with United Airlines donating a fuselage for the students to utilize in their studies.
  • FUKUOKA JAPAN - As President of the Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, invited by the Fukuoka Chamber of Commerce to serve as a panelist regarding issues surrounding Pan Pacific Trade and U.S. Ports.    

  • BARCELONA SPAIN - As President of the BART Board- served as one of the keynote speakers at the invitation of the President of Barcelona,Spain METRORAIL 2006 on Global Public Transportation. Speaker / Slide Presentation. Case study: managing a system-wide renovation project- upgrading a system. Hilton,Diagonal Mar, Barcelona Spain. 


(Represented in the following)

  • Images of America: Black Artists In Oakland by Jerry Thompson and Duane Deterville, Arcadia Publishing, 2007
  • Who's Who Among American Teachers: Honoring Our Most Respected Teachers,                 2003-2004, Educational Communications, Inc., 2004
  • Who's Who in the World, 13th Edition, Sandra S. Barnes, Marqui Who's Who Biographee, 1996
  • Who's Who Among Black Americans, 8th Edition, Shirley Phelps, Editor, Gale Press, 1994/95 
  • African American Art and Artists by Samella Lewis, (2 Volumes),University of California Press, 1990 
  • Outstanding Young Women of America,1979 
  • Art African American by Samella Lewis, Harcourt Brace and Jovanovich, Inc, 1978


CWA Partners, LLC is a diverse team of highly qualified professionals with years of experience in the services offered. We aim is to please our clients who rely on us for our expertise, dependable and seamless customer service, and cost effectiveness. 

CWA Partners, LLC full service strategic community outreach, consulting team that is digitally savvy, creative and state-of-the-art.  

Motto: "Transportation Communities Matter"      

Our list of unique services Include

(1) Community Outreach Strategies      
(2) Transportation Marketing
(3) Small Business Branding &  Imaging
(4) Website & Social Media Development
(5) Graphic Design
(6) Logo Design 
(7) Workshop Development
(8) Slide and Video Presentations 
(9) Press Release/ Advertisement            
(10) Branding & Identity
(11) Digital Technology Assistance

We do all of this while thinking about how to keep our quality high and your costs low.

Carole Ward Allen,CEO
CWA PARTNERS, LLC                                    

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Offices located in Oakland CA. and Atlanta GA. 

Ward Allen says,"All of these experiences prepared me for my life's work with diverse communities and this West Oakland Transportation Project. I love Oakland and my passion is working with people to make our city a better place for future generations."