Blakeman Allen, M.Ed., integrates a professional background in history, historic preservation, cultural heritage and education with her work in training in leadership and interdisciplinary initiatives. Local to global intersections for impact at the higher education, school and community levels, shape her work.
Previously Ms. Allen worked as project director, collaborating with Pakistani and U.S. colleagues on a Pakistan educational leadership initiative. The ten-year program provided a cross-cultural and educational exchange for Pakistani educators and served as incubator and catalyst for innovations in education. The project demonstrated the impact of policy on grassroots practice through educational leadership training, mobilization, and collective action, with learning communities as delivery sites.
Earlier responsibilities consisted of coordinator of a university graduate program in Heritage Studies and researcher for historic preservation organizations. As coordinator, Ms. Allen had supervisory responsibilities for student advisement, curricula design, oversight of capstone portfolios and independent work and professional development. As researcher, Ms. Allen developed projects on patterns of migration, the evolution of communities, and growth of kinship networks, for applicability to educational programs.
A professional commitment to education and community extends to philanthropic endeavours. An alumna of Goucher College with an M.Ed. from Plymouth State University, Ms. Allen served as Commissioner on the New Hampshire Supreme Court’s Commission on Court Reform. She is a long-term alumni leader at Phillips Academy and the recipient of Phillips Academy’s Distinguished Service Award.