Bill Allen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC). In that capacity, he also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of all of the subsidiary corporations of the LAEDC including the World Trade Center Association Los Angeles – Long Beach.
Mr. Allen was also the 2012 Board Chair of Film L.A. and a Vice Chair of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council, California Association of Local Economic Development, California Stewardship Network, Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, the L.A. Coalition and Unite L.A.
Active in regional economic development for more than a decade, Mr. Allen was the first CEO of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley from 1996-2000, and in 2000 he was named California’s Civic Entrepreneur of the Year by the California Center for Regional Leadership.
Mr. Allen is currently a member of the Board of Councilors of the Rossier School of Education at USC and is the Board Secretary for the Valley Presbyterian Hospital, for whom he also co-chaired the “Shaping Tomorrow” capital campaign. He has served as a trustee of the University of Southern California, chair of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and co-chair of the National Council for Families and Television.
Mr. Allen is also a veteran television network and studio executive with more than twenty years experience in entertainment production and management. He is also the owner of Meadowlane Enterprises, Inc., licensor of a library of classic television series, and Meadowlane Music, Inc., publisher of a popular music catalog.
A cum laude graduate of the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in 1979, Mr. Allen also received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University in 1983. In 1999, he received a certificate in 21st Century Management from the Graziadio School of Business & Management at Pepperdine.