David Allen is the Executive Vice President of McKinstry – a full-service design, build, operate and maintain firm that provides consulting, construction, energy, and facility services. In 2011, he was named one of Seattle’s Most Influential People. Before this success, David Allen was a Boys & Girls Clubs member.
David joined the Bellevue Boys Club in 1961 at the age of seven. It was a place where friends gathered and mentors were available to support him and other youth in whatever they needed. As a member, David participated in recreation programs, Keystone, and sports. Athletic Director Cary Bozeman also got him involved in the traveling basketball league. His first job was working at the front desk of the Club and handing out towels for the basketball leagues. He joined the Junior Board when he was in high school. In 1965, David was selected as the King County Youth of the Year – a program recognizing youth for their accomplishments.
In 1976, David joined the board for the Bellevue Boys & Girls Clubs. He later moved to the King County boards and attended the National Conference where the name was officially changed from Boys Clubs of America to Boys & Girls Clubs of America. David also worked on the committee that coined the slogan “the positive place for kids” and saw it nationally adopted. Over the years, David has served on numerous Boys & Girls Clubs boards, including the Pacific Region and Portland boards, as well as served as Chair of the Northwest Area Council and Boys & Girls Clubs of King County as a loaned executive from McKinstry. To recognize his dedication to the Club, David received the Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s highest Board recognition – the National Service to Youth Award.