Policy and Advocacy Director
Nick Allen is Group Health Foundation’s policy and advocacy director and holds more than two decades of experience in law, government, and community-driven advocacy. In this role, Nick works with foundation colleagues, community leaders, and funding partners to develop and advance public policy priorities in Washington as he builds relationships and leverages GHF’s status as 501(c)(4) grantmaking organization.
Most recently, Nick was deputy director of advocacy leading ending mass incarceration work for Columbia Legal Services. He formerly served in other roles at the organization, including providing legal representation for people in Washington’s correctional facilities through its Institutions Project. Born and raised in Seattle’s Beacon Hill neighborhood, Nick was propelled to study law after serving his community as legislative aid to former King County Councilmember Larry Gossett.
Nick is a board member of Disability Rights Washington and board chair of Interaction Transition. He is also an at-large member of King County Community Advisory Committee for Law Enforcement Oversight. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Seattle University School of Law, Nick enjoys being on the open road and takes driving trips across the United States when he can.