Ms. Allen has devoted her career to raising capital to create jobs and expand educational opportunities both in the US and overseas. She has led regional, national and multi-country marketing teams that produced millions of dollars in new revenues for economic development initiatives. In 2003 she formed Capital Innovations, a strategic advisory firm that works with public/private stakeholders to raise capital for private equity funds that invest in high-growth-potential companies. Prior to forming Capital Innovations, Ms. Allen served as director of Institutional Marketing at AEGON USA where she uncovered 529 college savings plans as a major new market opportunity. Earlier, she served as CARE USA’s Director of International Corporate Initiatives where she forged CARE’s first strategic partnerships with global corporations. A native of Vine Grove, Kentucky, Ms. Allen is a board member of the Kentucky Association of Economic Development, an advisory board member of Purdue University’s Emerging Innovations Fund and a member of the Building Committee of the EB-5 industry’s national association, IIUSA. She has served on the boards of the Kentucky Energy Sector Partnership, The Enterprise Corp, Associates in Pediatric Therapy, Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gilda’s Club Louisville and The David School. She holds a Master in International Management from Denver University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Kentucky.