“ Affecting change means everything to me – it motivates many of my endeavors. I’ve been intentional about connecting people with resources and opportunities, serving as a community volunteer and keynote speaker, and using my work and life experiences to inspire transformation in our communities.” – Devan Allen
Devan is passionate about
- Entrepreneurship and small businesses are the backbone of America. Devan witnessed her grandparents provide for generations through their family-owned business for almost 40 years, inspiring her to launch Allen Realty Advisors.
Efficiency and Transparency in Government is important to a well-functioning community and Devan has worked to education others on how to utilize their rights as a voter to choose leaders that represent their best interests.
As the Founder and Principal of Allen Realty Advisors (ARA), Devan is opening doors for those pursuing business investments or the dream of homeownership. But, growing up as the youngest child of incarcerated parents and having faced homelessness at a young age, Devan didn’t conceive that her own path would lead her to becoming an entrepreneur and an advocate for at-risk youth and women. At the heart of her successes is her core belief that success is attainable if one is willing to work diligently to achieve it.
Prior to launching ARA, Devan built a solid career in politics, serving as the District Director in both the Texas Senate and House, and most recently served as Campaign Manager for State Representative Chris Turner, chair of the House Democratic Caucus. Devan has also served Tarrant County as a Council Aide to a Fort Worth Mayor Pro Tem, and as Senior Director of External Affairs for the University of Texas at Arlington. Once headed for a career in the healthcare field, including serving as a nationally and state certified Emergency Medical Technician, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from UTA, including undergraduate coursework at Tarrant County College.
Known for her passion for public service, her diplomacy and a proven track record of connecting people and resources successfully, Devan has been tapped to serve on a number of boards and commissions and with a host of non-profit organizations including: Day Resource Center, Chair of the Arlington Community Relations Commission, inspirED Advisory Committee, New Leaders Council Advisory Board, Women Inspiring Philanthropy, and is a founding member of BRIDGE Young Professionals. In 2015, Fort Worth CEO Magazine named her one of “20 Women to Watch in Business.”
When Devan is able to kick up her heels, she laces up her running shoes. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Devan enjoys training for and participating in marathons. She is also certified as a Dietary Guidance Provider through the Cooper Institute.
Devan resides in Arlington with her husband Mark Allen, a Commercial Real Estate Broker and Principal of Allen Multifamily Advisors. They enjoy traveling, attending sporting events, hiking, following cutting-edge developments in business and technology, and spending time with friends and family.
A Track Record of Service & Advocacy
Cultivating productive and mutually beneficial relationships is a key factor in achieving goals in our community. As a connector, with over a decade of experience in leadership and service to the community, Devan has learned that what matters most, regardless of the issue, is treating people well, valuing their priorities and executing on deliverables to incrementally achieve a set of shared goals.
- Member - Women Inspiring Philanthropy (WIP)
- Co-Chair – DRC Annual Fort Worth Breakfast with The Mayor
- Chairperson - City of Arlington Community Relations Commission
- Founding Board Member - BRIDGE
- Alumni – Leadership North Texas, Class 7
- Advisory Board Member – New Leaders Council (NLC) – Dallas Chapter
- Member - Action Arlington – 2015 to Present
- Member – Arlington CILR
- Member – Arlington Chamber of Commerce
- Board Member – Tarrant County Homeless Coalition – 2016 to Present
- Board Member – Day Resource Center: Community Solutions to End Homelessness – 2015 to Present
- Board Trustee – Jubilee Theatre – 2014 to 2016
- UT Arlington Representative – American Association of University Women – 2015 to 2016
- UT Arlington Center for African American Studies Outstanding Community Mentor – 2015
- Community Mentor – UT Arlington Center for African American Studies – 2014 to Present
- Member – Inspired Advisory Committee – 2014 to Present
- Member – Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce Woman’s Business Issues Division – 2014 to 2015
- Arlington NAACP Community Service Award - 2014
- Member – Arlington Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Advisory Council – 2013 to 2016
- Representative – Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee – 2015 to 2016
- Representative – Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Advisory Council – 2015 to 2016
- Member – UT Arlington African American Alumni Association – 2013 to Present
- Member – UT Arlington Alumni Association – 2013 to Present