Stevan Allen is a two-time winner of the prestigious Silver Anvil, the highest national award in the PR industry. He possesses 27 years of experience working in public relations, journalism and California government, including two years as press secretary to Lieutenant Governor Gray Davis.
From crisis management and media relations to strategic planning and public affairs outreach, Allen brings a wide spectrum of communications expertise to clients.
Allen served as senior vice president and deputy general manager in the Sacramento office of Edelman, the world’s largest independent public relations agency.
Prior to joining Edelman, Allen was a vice president for Fleishman Hillard, where he worked on regulatory and consumer advocacy issues for SBC / Pacific Bell, as well as controversial issues for clients related to food safety, telecommunications and the environment.
As press secretary and speech writer to Gray Davis, Allen handled all aspects of media relations with the capitol, state and national press corps. He helped promote NetDay96, a public-private effort supported by the Clinton White House to wire California schools for the Internet. Allen also ran Davis’ media campaigns in support of such issues as an expanded investment tax credit for the technology industry. Prior to working for Davis, Allen spent four years as a senior consultant and press secretary in the California State Legislature.
In more than seven years as a professional journalist, Allen worked on staff at The Washington Post and the St. Petersburg Times, Florida’s second largest newspaper. With the fall of the Berlin Wall, Allen worked as a Berlin-based freelance foreign correspondent. His articles appeared in major newspapers across the nation and earned him recognition as a Livingston Awards finalist for international reporting. He is the author of “Roaming Ghostland: The Final Days of East Germany” (Xlibris 2009).
Allen is a graduate of the University of California at Davis with Bachelor of Arts degrees in German and International Relations. He lives in Sacramento with his son.