Meet Kathleen Allen
Kathleen Allen believes in empowering people to live their best life possible. Her professional experience and role as a community advocate and leader are how she will address the needs and priorities of the 7th District, representing our values by living hers, with honesty, empathy, diligence, and perseverance.
Growing up in farm country, Kathleen learned the value of diversity and how it strengthens a community. While attending Claremont McKenna College, she experienced the benefit of differing opinions, rigorous debate, and perseverance. Majoring in government, Kathleen was selected as an intern for former Rep. Leon Panetta (D-CA) who taught her that the first duty of a representative is to listen, a value she lives every day.
During her 23-year career in managed health care, Kathleen has seen the problems people face accessing, paying for, and keeping health care coverage through the Affordable Care Act Exchanges. Working for companies such as Integrated Healthcare Partners, she has the industry experience, and unique insight needed to understand America's complex healthcare system, what doesn't work, and what solutions will. Stopping the current administration's dismantling of our healthcare system isn't enough. Kathleen has the 'know-how' and perseverance needed to establish a national healthcare system guaranteeing everyone has access to comprehensive care. That’s why she’s our first choice for healthcare!
As founder of Paid in America, a non-profit, Kathleen’s team is building an app to assist consumers and job seekers in finding companies that pay a living wage. She values the role government, public, private, and nonprofit partnerships share to benefit and strengthen our community and the impact one person can make.
She has volunteered with the PTA throughout her children's public schools education and co-authored a winning grant proposal for Gardens4GrowingCommunity in 2016 to promote agricultural education in a local school. When a city ordinance targeted local families who struggle with homelessness, whose children attend our local schools, Kathleen galvanized family, friends, neighbors, community leaders, and local government to work together to protect the families and overturn the ordinance. That’s why she’s our first choice for education!
Kathleen has lived in Norcross with her husband and two children for 12 years. During this time she has lived her values applying a lifetime of experience to enriching the Georgia 7th. Most recently, Kathleen was offered the opportunity to serve on the board of directors for Project Community Connections, Inc., a non-profit which provides advocacy, support services, and housing programs to help homeless individuals and families obtain and keep sustainable housing.
Kathleen will effectively represent our diverse district because she values listening to the people who live here, whether they are new immigrants or their families have lived here for generations. She knows that a Representative requires perseverance and diligence when working with those of differing viewpoints, and to come together regardless of party, ensuring the best interests of the people of Georgia and our nation are met. That’s why she’s our first choice for immigration!
Kathleen’s candidacy is a culmination of her professional and community experiences, her values, and her investment in our community. Kathleen Allen is the most qualified candidate to elect as representative of our district. Kathleen Allen represents us by representing our values. That’s why she’s our first choice as Representative of the 7th District!