President and Chief Executive Officer, Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation
Bill Allen is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles County Economic
Development Corporation and the World Trade Center Los Angeles – Long Beach. Mr. Allen is also the immediate Past Chair of Film L.A., a Vice Chair of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley, and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council, the Weingart Foundation, the Los Angeles Coalition for the Economy and Jobs, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, 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 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 the Board of Directors of 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. He has also served on the Leadership Council and Board of Directors of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation, the Business Advisory Commission to the former Speaker of the California Assembly Robert Hertzberg, and the Alumni Presidents Council advisory group to USC Presidents Steven B. Sample and C.L. “Max” Nikias. He has also served on the advisory boards of the California Center for Regional Leadership, the Media Arts Academy at Los Angeles Valley College, and the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University at Northridge.
A cum laude graduate of the School of Cinema Arts at the University of Southern California in 1979, Mr. Allen began his career in a series of creative executive roles with the CBS television network (1979-1986) and as a Sr. VP, and later President of MTM Television (1986-1995), the producers of Hill St. Blues, St. Elsewhere, Remington Steele and Newhart. 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.