Chief Growth Officer
The SEED Foundation
Vincena Allen is Chief Growth Officer at The SEED Foundation, a non-profit organization leading the nation's first and only network of public, college-preparatory boarding schools providing a 24-hour, 5-day per week learning environment. While the Chief Executive Officer participated in a sabbatical, Vincena also served as the interim Chief Executive Officer through February 2024.
Vincena’s current areas of focus include overseeing all internal and external initiatives associated with college transition and support efforts, along with leading the strategic planning for a comprehensive, integrated model for human resources and talent across the SEED network. During her 18-year tenure with SEED, Vincena has been integral to articulating and implementing an expanded vision for growth. She has supported the reimagination of scale by leading the development of a college matching technology platform designed to empower stakeholders with transparent, accessible, and comparable information about factors most directly related to college completion for students from vulnerable communities.
Prior to SEED, Vincena served in leadership positions at community-based organizations and higher education institutions in the mid-Atlantic and midwest and has presented at conferences including the National College Access Network (NCAN), National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), The College Board, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (NASPA) and the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans. She has also written for the Huffington Post and was interviewed by the Harvard Social Impact Review. Vincena currently serves as the board chair-elect for the Common App.
Vincena’ s interest in and passion for human development and education led her to study psychology at Allegheny College, earn a master’s degree from the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania, and receive a certificate of non-profit management from Columbia University’s Executive Level Business program.