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About Alana V. Allen

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Alana V. Allen is an award winning nonprofit leader that has served for 15 years 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 Consulting, LLC, a boutique consulting firm that focuses on startup nonprofits and grant writing.


Since 2015, Allen has helped numerous executive directors incorporate their nonprofit organizations, achieve their 501 c 3 tax exemption status, and design profitable programs and grant proposals. In addition, she is a results-driven public relations professional with 17 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.

To date, Allen has secured $100,000 in grant funding and $100,000+ in fundraising dollars for youth development, women and girls, and education programs.


Allen received her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications with a concentration in public relations from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2007. Of interest, she is a certified professional life coach through New Life Coach, Inc.

She is a member of the Grant Professional Association.


Key Highlights of Alana V. Allen’s Career:

  • 2024 The Fisher Project - Award of Motivation

  • 2023 Triad Business Journal's 40 Leaders Under 40

  • 2022 Leadership Service Medal – Leadership Greensboro​

  • 2022 Forty Under Forty Influential African Americans in the Triad

  • 2022 News and Record Women in Leadership - Nonprofit Excellence

  • 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 18,000 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 


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