The Michigan Townships Association (MTA) welcomes Judy Allen as its new director of legislative affairs. Allen brings nearly 30 years of experience working with state and local governments prior to her role at the Association. As director, Allen will oversee MTA’s legislative efforts to advocate for—or fight against—legislation impacting township government.
Allen said, “I am excited to join the MTA team. I look forward to promoting the interests of townships and to work on a broad range of issues impacting local governments.”
Allen comes to MTA after spending four years as director of government and community services of Oakland Schools, where she advocated for the needs of public schools with policy-makers in Lansing and Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Allen served as chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow. She was later appointed by then Gov. John Engler to serve as chairperson of the Michigan State Liquor Control Commission.
MTA Executive Director Larry Merrill welcomed Allen and looks forward to her contributions to the state’s largest local government association, saying, “Judy has a respected reputation as a hard working lobbyist in Lansing. She has developed many great relationships with lawmakers, and we look forward to her directing her advocacy skills to advancing local democracy through promoting laws strengthening township government.”
Allen is a resident of Delta Charter Township (Eaton Co.).