“I am honored to join the GVLT family and am convinced that GVLT and the community it represents can be an impact player in the effort to address the existential conservation challenges that face our community, region, and planet.”

Allen is currently Senior National Campaign Director for the Wilderness Society. A “conservationist that fundraises” in his ninth year with TWS he directs the national major gift program for the Society. Prior to joining TWS he enjoyed an 18 year career with The Nature Conservancy where as East Idaho Program Manager he focused on large landscape conservation in the Greater Yellowstone ecoregion utilizing conservation easements and fee acquisitions to ensure habitat connectivity for wide ranging species. In his final 6 years with TNC he opened the Bozeman where he ended his run there as Director of Major Gifts. Allen holds a Masters of Science degree from the University of Montana’s Environmental Studies program and a Bachelors of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi. Allen’s academic background and career has been focused on ensuring the Northern Rockies remain ecologically intact and home to North America’s iconic species as well as a place that is revered around the world for its biological health and for the human communities that lead their lives in a way that honors its world class natural values. Allen, his wife Dana, three adult daughters and two English Pointers are proud Bozemanites and have lived in Bozeman for 16 years.