Ken Allen
Executive Director, ACT-IAC


Ken Allen joined ACT-IAC in 2005 as its Executive Director. Prior to joining ACT-IAC, Ken was Executive Director of the Partnership for Public Warning (PPW) and CEO of the National Newspaper Association (NNA) — the largest newspaper association in the United States. He moved to NNA after 10 years with the Information Industry Association (IIA) which represented over 800 leading IT companies. In his role as Senior Vice President for Government Relations he played a major role in the enactment of landmark IT legislation, including the Computer Security Act and Electronic Communications Privacy Act. As IIA president he helped create and provided the leadership for the Global Alliance of Information Industry Associations, a network of information industry associations in over 30 countries. Prior to his work in the non-profit community, Ken was a senior staff member in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. His responsibilities included overseeing the acquisition and management of government IT resources and administration of the Privacy Act of 1974. He played a leading role in implementing the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 and did some of the initial work regarding government policies dealing with information access and dissemination. His awards include being a 2009 recipient of the Fed 100. Ken holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois and a Master's Degree in Management and Administration from George Washington University.