Haven Allen, chief executive officer and co-founder, is an entrepreneur and technology strategist who most recently concentrated on growing the manufacturing industry and strengthening its community throughout Chicagoland.
As an economic development strategist at World Business Chicago, he directed the Advisory Council for Chicagoland Manufacturing through which he established and led the implementation of an economic development agenda to support growth and job creation in the manufacturing sector. During his graduate education, Haven served as a Mayoral Fellow at the City of Chicago. As a fellow he provided research and analysis on policy initiatives dealing with infrastructure, electricity markets and community policing strategies. In order to serve the country, Haven joined the Peace Corps and served as a community economic development volunteer in Panama where he worked to strengthen the management and leadership capacities of rural cooperatives and local organizations in order to increase economic opportunities. In addition, Haven was a small business owner in the production and publishing industry.
In 2018, Haven was named to the Chicago Tribune Blue Sky Vault Blue Network of Chicago tech and innovation leaders and the 2018 Crain’s 40 under 40 class. In addition, Haven was recently appointed to a three-year term to the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Board of Directors and joined the Argonne National Laboratories Chain Reaction Initiative’s Advisory Board and the Museum of Science and Industry Innovation Advisory Council.
Haven has a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in economic policy and a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Science, Technology and Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from University of Illinois at Chicago.