Allen brings to the position over 15 years of operational experience, leading start-ups, managing staff and scaling services. Previously, she led operations for the Education Achievement Authority and the Downtown Detroit Ambassador Program of the Downtown Detroit Partnership. Channel 7 WXYZ Action News named her a 2020 Change Maker for her work leading the Downtown Detroit Ambassador Program.
As a 2006 Marygrove College graduate, Allen credits the institution and its people for shaping her personal growth and career path. Allen deeply respects the Conservancy’s desire to honor the historical legacy of Marygrove College – which closed in December 2019 – while facilitating the campus’s evolution into a P-20 cradle-to-career educational community.
Allen received her bachelor’s degree in English/education from Marygrove College and is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Racheal has deep roots in the community and small business ecosystem and serves as a facilitator for TechTown’s Incubator program. She is a 2020 graduate of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Leadership Detroit Class XLI and was named a 2020 Woman of Excellence by the Michigan Chronicle. Recent honors include being named to Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under Forty list (2020), receiving Detroit NAACP Branch’s Great Expectations Award (2020), and Alternatives For Girls’ Role Model of the Year award (2021).
As the external leader for the organization, Allen directs day-to-day operations and financial management of the campus, while overseeing community engagement and partnership strategies. She leads the Conservancy’s continued efforts to engage residents and community leaders to continue the legacy of partnership between the campus and its neighbors. She also works closely with current partners and tenants to plan and coordinate future projects.
Detroit has always been one of the most artistic and culturally significant cities, and both the Marygrove Conservancy and the Detroit Office of Arts, Culture and Entrepreneurship (Detroit ACE) aim to support and invest in the city’s creative industry, arts and culture organizations and artists.
The Marygrove Conservancy in partnership with Detroit ACE are conducting a comprehensive census to determine the breadth and depth of Detroit’s creative workforce, making it easier to improve arts and culture programming and secure funding. All members of Detroit’s artist community are invited to complete the online census. Take a few moments to claim your creativity! Take the Detroit Creative Economy Census.