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Commissioner-elect Devan Allen
Tarrant County Commissioner Precinct 2
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Commissioner-elect Devan Allen
Tarrant County Commissioner Precinct 2
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Commissioner-elect Devan Allen
Tarrant County Commissioner Precinct 2
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Commissioner-elect Devan Allen

Tarrant County Commissioner Precinct 2

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P.O. Box 182164
Arlington, TX 76096

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Devan Allen is a true Texas success story — breaking the cycle of poverty, she sought out mentors from extended family and teachers, and put herself through college to forge a career devoted to public service.

Devan knows all too well the struggles many families go through. Her mother escaped an abusive marriage, but in the challenge of raising Devan and her siblings, ended up serving time for what amounted to $2,200 in bad debt. Devan experienced homelessness, hunger, and family members struggling with mental illnesses. But she also was blessed with positive forces in her life: grandparents who were a rock of stability, teachers and role models who showed her a path forward, and a mom, despite her own struggles as a single parent, who preached the importance of education to her children.

MLK’s quote, etched in his memorial in Washington, DC, “out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope,” has been a source of meaning and inspiration.  Believing that these challenges must serve a greater purpose, Devan devoted herself to her education, often studying by candle light or at the Taco Cabana when the electricity was cut off.  Community college led to her certification as an EMT, and a job helping those in need. That experience reinforced in Devan that we’re all in this together, no matter your race, income, gender or lifestyle, her job was to help everyone.

After working her way through Tarrant County Community College and the University of Texas at Arlington, Devan devoted herself to public service, working at the municipal and state levels (most recently serving as District Director for State Representative Chris Turner), as well as Director of External Affairs for her alma mater, UT Arlington.

A self-described policy nerd, Devan has set her sights on Tarrant County Commissioners’ Court, where as the only woman she would break up the current all-boys-club.  But the position has even greater personal importance to her, because, “it’s where investments about public transportation and health care are made.”  To counter growing economic segregation, Devan speaks passionately about the importance of “helping young people and families get to work, to school, and to the doctor.”

Devan also sees an opportunity to get more people involved in their community’s planning and decisions. “I think a lot about outreach and community engagement because you can’t expect people to be part of a collaborative solution if they don’t feel invited to the process.  And, with a budget of over $600 million and the decisions made on the commissioner’s court—who gets to do business with the counties—historically underutilized businesses, including those owned by minorities and women, need access to these opportunities. It can positively change the trajectory of their businesses and families.”

In addition to her work in the public sector, Devan is a community volunteer and advocate (see the long list here).  Devan and her husband, Mark, met in college and now work together in their respective real estate practices. She’s a voracious reader —a huge fan of mysteries and presidential history—and loves any outdoor sports her allergies will allow her. This avowed foodie (dream meal is something Asian inspired), still finds a place of honor for her grandmother’s food. “Most people love their grandmother’s cooking, and on any given day, whatever she decides to cook, I’m eating it!”

“Everyone has a story worth honoring,“ is how Devan Allen wrapped up her interview with us.  We at Annie’s List couldn’t agree more and are so proud to shine the spotlight on her amazing story.

Devan Allen is a true Texas success story — breaking the cycle of poverty, she sought out mentors from extended family and teachers, and put herself through college to forge a career devoted to public service.

Devan knows all too well the struggles many families go through. Her mother escaped an abusive marriage, but in the challenge of raising Devan and her siblings, ended up serving time for what amounted to $2,200 in bad debt. Devan experienced homelessness, hunger, and family members struggling with mental illnesses. But she also was blessed with positive forces in her life: grandparents who were a rock of stability, teachers and role models who showed her a path forward, and a mom, despite her own struggles as a single parent, who preached the importance of education to her children.

MLK’s quote, etched in his memorial in Washington, DC, “out of a mountain of despair, a stone of hope,” has been a source of meaning and inspiration.  Believing that these challenges must serve a greater purpose, Devan devoted herself to her education, often studying by candle light or at the Taco Cabana when the electricity was cut off.  Community college led to her certification as an EMT, and a job helping those in need. That experience reinforced in Devan that we’re all in this together, no matter your race, income, gender or lifestyle, her job was to help everyone.

After working her way through Tarrant County Community College and the University of Texas at Arlington, Devan devoted herself to public service, working at the municipal and state levels (most recently serving as District Director for State Representative Chris Turner), as well as Director of External Affairs for her alma mater, UT Arlington.

A self-described policy nerd, Devan has set her sights on Tarrant County Commissioners’ Court, where as the only woman she would break up the current all-boys-club.  But the position has even greater personal importance to her, because, “it’s where investments about public transportation and health care are made.”  To counter growing economic segregation, Devan speaks passionately about the importance of “helping young people and families get to work, to school, and to the doctor.”

Devan also sees an opportunity to get more people involved in their community’s planning and decisions. “I think a lot about outreach and community engagement because you can’t expect people to be part of a collaborative solution if they don’t feel invited to the process.  And, with a budget of over $600 million and the decisions made on the commissioner’s court—who gets to do business with the counties—historically underutilized businesses, including those owned by minorities and women, need access to these opportunities. It can positively change the trajectory of their businesses and families.”

In addition to her work in the public sector, Devan is a community volunteer and advocate (see the long list here).  Devan and her husband, Mark, met in college and now work together in their respective real estate practices. She’s a voracious reader —a huge fan of mysteries and presidential history—and loves any outdoor sports her allergies will allow her. This avowed foodie (dream meal is something Asian inspired), still finds a place of honor for her grandmother’s food. “Most people love their grandmother’s cooking, and on any given day, whatever she decides to cook, I’m eating it!”

“Everyone has a story worth honoring,“ is how Devan Allen wrapped up her interview with us.  We at Annie’s List couldn’t agree more and are so proud to shine the spotlight on her amazing story.

Commissioner-elect Devan Allen

Tarrant County Commissioner Precinct 2

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HQ phone# (817) 262-1478
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P.O. Box 182164
Arlington, TX 76096

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