Big Brothers Big Sisters gets new CEO

Marcus Allen becomes CEO this month.
Marcus Allen becomes CEO this month.
Posted: April 03, 2013

AFTER a national search, Southeastern Pennsylvania's Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter has settled on one of its own to take over as chief executive officer.

Marcus Allen, a Temple graduate and former CEO of Philadelphia-based nonprofit ACHIEVEability, will take the helm from interim CEO W. Wilson Goode Sr., the organization announced Monday.

Allen's former home, ACHIEVEability, helped encourage self-reliance among underprivileged and impoverished families by providing education, housing and service programs. His work led him to be named one of Philadelphia Business Journal's "Top 40 under 40" in 2011.

Allen said the new opportunity with Big Brothers Big Sisters will allow him to further focus on local struggles.

"Over the years, I have worked toward a brighter future for Philadelphia's underserved and vulnerable populations, and nothing is more important to me than changing circumstances for struggling children and families," said Allen in a news release from Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Current Big Brothers Big Sisters administrators have said Allen's appointment will open up new doors for the organization.

"[Allen] understands the important role Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors can play in a child's life and he has the experience necessary to help our organization serve more children," said Goode, a former Philadelphia mayor. "We are grateful he has joined Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania and are excited by the new partnerships and potential he will bring."

Allen will assume the CEO position April 15.


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