Dr. Carole Ward Allen is founder and CEO of CWA Partners, LLC, a transportation consulting (woman-owned business), established in 2011 in Oakland, California. She is also a retired professor and college administrator. Ward Allen was the first African-American woman to serve as president on two of the most powerful transportation boards in the Bay Area and California: The Oakland Board of Port Commissioners, and the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Board of Directors. At BART, Ward Allen led efforts to secure $4 billion in capital for system rehabilitation projects, the transit system's transit oriented development of the Fruitvale Village, and seismic retrofit programs. In 2010, she led the BART board and the San Francisco Bay Area region through the process of approving the $484 million Oakland Airport Connector Project and securing federal funds under President Barack Obama's Administration. CWA Partners, LLC, is currently a consultant with the CHEC/SUDA team selected by BART to design and build the West Oakland Transportation Project.
Ward Allen began her career at Peralta Community College District serving as a professor of Fine Arts at Laney College. Later, She also served as Assistant Vice Chancellor and Director of Community Relations and Marketing at Laney College and also for the Peralta Community College District. During these years, she was an active member of PRSA.
As of 2018, Dr. Ward Allen, moved to Atlanta Georgia where she is a resident and is currently active in business, education, and non-profit organizations. A year ago she established her headquarters and second office in Midtown Atlanta and joined the Midtown Alliance,a non-profit organization, that's committed to sustaining Atlanta's arts, culture, commerce and livable communities. Dr. Ward Allen is also actively supporting Atlanta's STEAM projects (Science,Technology, Engineering, Arts and, Mathematics) as well as mentoring several graduate students in the pursuit of higher education degrees at HBCU's, local colleges and universities across the nation. Dr. Ward Allen is an active member in Atlanta's legendary Ebenezer Baptist Church, that was the pastoral home of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Carole Ward Allen holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Fine Arts from San Jose State University, and a Doctor of Education in Higher Education from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She also completed post-graduate studies at the Sorbonne, Paris; Fourah Bay College University, Sierra Leone; University of Ile-Ife, Nigeria; the University of Kumasi, Ghana; and, University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Oakland Board of Port Commissioners
Ward Allen served on the board for 6 years and served as president for 2 terms (1987-1992)
Port Projects completed under her leadership as president and board member:
BART Board of Directors
Ward Allen served on the BART Board for three terms from (1998 - 2010)
BART Projects completed under her leadership as president and board member:
CWA PARTNERS, LLC
Dr. Carole Ward Allen is founder and CEO of CWA Partners,LLC.
A transportation consulting (woman-owned business), established in 2011 in Oakland, California.
CWA Partners, LLC Projects and Partnerships.
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Also, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), presented Ward Allen with the Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual awards ceremony in 2011 for her dedication to public service in the transportation industry, and recognizing her achievement of breaking ground on the Oakland Airport Connector.and recognizing her achievement of breaking ground on the Oakland Airport Connector.
In 2008, Laney College President Frank Chong recognized Ward Allen for her leadership with the President's Award of the College.
In 2005, she received recognition for her expertise in transportation with the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc. In 2005, she received the Oakland/Bay Area Chapter's Pioneer Award at the 7th Annual Madam C.J. Walker, Business and Community Recognition Awards Luncheon and recognized for her position as the Vice President of BART Board of Directors.
In 2004, while Dr. Ward Allen was serving her term as President of the BART Board of Directors, BART received the Outstanding Transportation Award from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) for the BART- SFO Extension Project to the SF. International Airport.