Marseille Allen

Marseille Allen is the co-founder of The Warriors Trust Fund, a nonprofit established to assist combat veterans under active felony supervision in the criminal justice system. Impassioned to empower communities in her role as an advocate for others, Marseille created the WaterForFlint-WFF GoFundMe campaign in wake of the ongoing Flint Water Crisis. Marseille and her team raised more than $60,000 in just over a month through donations from around theglobe, enabling them to deliver to Flint residents more than 300,000 bottles of water and other essential supplies. Marseille’s efforts received national and international recognition, including from then-Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton and Huggies®, which donated more than two million baby wipes to Marseille’s campaign.

In 2013, while supervising U.S. military veterans on felony probation,

Marseille co-founded the Oakland County Combat Veterans Treatment Court, one of two combat-only courts in  the country. Marseille simultaneously established The Warriors Trust Fund and has collaborated with community  stakeholders such as the International United Auto Workers, UPS, and Uber to better support military veterans in  the criminal justice system. Marseille previously served as the assistant to the Majority General Counsel for the  Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (H.E.L.P.) Committee under the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, then  followed her immediate supervisor and mentor to the Center for Community Change. Later, Marseille relocated to  Korea to teach English. Upon returning to the States, she assisted troubled youth as a truancy officer until joining  the Michigan Department of Corrections in November of 2006, where she is now a Master Trainer.

From January 2017 through January 2019 while on union leave from state employment, Marseille was a registered  lobbyist for UAW Local 6000, the International UAW’s largest local at more than 14,000 State of Michigan  employees. In this role, Marseille worked closely with legislators and policy staff on behalf of the local and  represented the union as a consultant to the Democratic nominees during the 2018 election cycle. After a sweep at  the top of the ticket, Marseille was a nominee for Labor Leader of the Year and appointed to the Attorney General elect’s transition team.

Marseille was presented the 2017 Philanthropic Award by the Greater Detroit Chapter of the National Association  of Women Business Owners. As well, she is the recipient of Wellesley College’s Black Excellence Award (2016), and  the Department of Corrections’ Citizenship Award (2016) and Leadership Challenge Coin (2015).

In January 2020, Marseille was appointed to the Honorary Leadership Committee for Fair and Equal Michigan, a  ballot initiative spearheaded to ensure equal rights for LGBTQ Michiganders. Additionally, Marseille is a trustee for  the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, and a member of the Boards of Directors for  RemixEducation and the Pretty Hearts Foundation. Marseille is the Second Vice President of the Veterans Support  Foundation and serves as the Michigan Legislative Liaison for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.®

Marseille is strongly committed to her adopted Native family, the Lakota of the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River and  Pine Ridge Reservations in South Dakota. Each year, she joins the two-week, 200-mile Chief Big Foot Memorial Ride on horseback to commemorate the 1890 Wounded Knee Massacre.

Marseille received a BA in Sociology and Africana Studies from Wellesley College, an MA in Sociology from Wayne  State University and is certified in LEAN Six Sigma. Marseille is a member of Temple Israel in West Bloomfield,  Michigan.