Wild Lives Foundation Founder and Director
As a philanthropist with an intense passion for wildlife conservation, Jody Allen has dedicated herself to protecting marine life, fighting the trafficking of endangered species, and saving Africa’s elephants from extinction.
In addition to serving for more than two decades as CEO of Vulcan, Inc. – the company she cofounded with her brother, Paul G. Allen – Ms. Allen also launched and led Vulcan Productions, whose award-winning videos, digital content and documentaries often explore social or environmental issues. Her Executive Producer credits on such work include Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale, Mind of A Giant, Girl Rising, and Rx for Survival,among others. Ms. Allen was also an early champion of the Great Elephant Census – Vulcan’s pan-African aerial survey of the continent’s remaining savannah elephants, whose data is now informing conservation strategies in several African countries.
Ms. Allen, who left Vulcan in 2015, serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Wild Lives Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to wildlife conservation and supporting a range of other philanthropic initiatives. She is also co-founder of The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, president of the board of the critically acclaimed museum of popular culture, Seattle’s EMP Museum (recently renamed Museum of Pop Culture) , and president of the board of the Allen Institute for Brain Science.
An active member of the arts and education communities, Ms. Allen is also recognized for her love of the arts and for her strong leadership skills. She has served on the boards of ArtsFund, the Theatre Communications Group, the University of Washington Foundation, the Museum of Glass, the Los Angeles International Film Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
An avid traveler, Ms. Allen is a member of the Explorers Club and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.