About Alana V. Allen


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Alana V. Allen is a dynamic nonprofit leader that has served for over a decade as the founder and executive director of a successful nonprofit organization, I Am A Queen. She is also the owner and a nonprofit business consultant of Alana Knows Nonprofits, a boutique consulting firm that focuses on startup nonprofits, grant readiness and strategic public relations.


Since 2015, Allen has helped numerous executive directors incorporate their nonprofit organizations, achieve their 501 c 3 tax exemption status, and design profitable program designs. In addition, she is a results-driven public relations professional with 14 years of solid experience in the following sectors: government, nonprofits, corporate, higher education and agency. She has skills in strategic planning, media relations, speech writing, social media, magazine writing, special events, product launches, project management, and crisis communications.


Allen received her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications with a concentration in public relations from North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. Of interest, she is a certified professional life coach through New Life Coach, Inc.

She is a member of the Grant Professional Association and Association of Fundraising Professionals.


Key Highlights of Alana V. Allen’s Career:

  • 2020 Graduate of the N.C. Center for Nonprofits - Nonprofit Management Institute 

  • 2017 Recipient of the AC Stowe Lifetime Achievement Award presented by McDonald's Rhythms of Triumph (Greensboro News & Record)

  • Instrumental in I Am A Queen impacting the lives of nearly 12,000 people in North Carolina through its year-round mentoring program and annual community events.

  • Served three years as deputy press secretary for the first female Governor of North Carolina, Beverly E. Perdue