Jennifer H. Allen is an associate professor of Public Administration and director of the Institute for Sustainable Solutions at Portland State University. Her areas of research encompass environmental and natural resource policy and administration and sustainable economic development, with particular focus on green buildings and rural-urban market connections.
Prior to September 2009 she served as interim director of the Center for Sustainable Processes and Practices, now named the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, where she supported the development of sustainability-related research and curricula across campus, as well as fostering partnerships between PSU and other institutions in the region and internationally.
Allen has previously worked at the World Bank, Ecotrust, and the Oregon Economic and Community Development Department. She currently serves on the boards of Oregon Forest Resources Institute and Illahee, and is a member of the Multnomah County Advisory Committee on Sustainability and Innovation. She previously served on the boards of Shorebank Pacific, Portland Energy Conservation Inc., the Portland Sustainability Institute and the Food Alliance.
Allen holds degrees from Yale University, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and George Mason University.