President & CEO
Vickie L. Allen joined Educational First Steps in June of 2019.
Previously, Vickie was senior vice president of development at United Way of Tarrant County. She has also worked for WiNGS and consulted in Texas and St. Paul, Minnesota. In St. Paul, she was an assistant professor/co-chair of the business department at St. Catherine University, co-founded Team Pact Consulting Group, which partnered with nonprofits, foundations and businesses; and worked for the Girl Scout Council of St. Croix Valley.
Vickie also led the Jeremiah Program, a nationally recognized non-profit focused on eliminating generational poverty through education and employment. She led fundraising efforts, built relationships with philanthropic leaders, and secured the organization financially. She has also consulted for the Bush Foundation’s Leadership Fellows Program, mentoring more than 20 fellows to navigate and lead systemic change.
Vickie started her career in sales for Fortune 500 companies and began using those skills in the nonprofit industry when she volunteered and served on boards for various nonprofits.
Originally from Syracuse, New York, Vickie received her bachelor’s degree in business and sociology from Ithaca College and a master’s in public administration from Harvard University.