William R. Allan
Senior Vice President for Southern Delaware
Delaware Community Foundation
Source: Bill Allan
William Allan was born and raised in Westchester County, NY. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Manhattan College and a Masters in Business Administration from New York University.
Bill began his professional career as a project manager at the Colgate-Palmolive Company. After one year, Bill was hired into the engineering department of the New York Telephone Company. During his thirty-three years in the telecommunications business, he worked on many projects including the divestiture of New York Telephone from AT&T in 1984, and the mergers of NYNEX, Bell Atlantic and GTE to form Verizon Communications. He worked in engineering, marketing and government affairs before transferring to Wilmington to become the president of Verizon Delaware in 2005. While in Delaware, he was instrumental in introducing FiOS internet and television service to the state and managed Verizon’s philanthropy activities in the First State. He retired from Verizon in December 2011.
Bill is the Board Chair of the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement (DANA). He is on the Board of Trustees of Christiana Care Health System and on the Board of the CCHS Visiting Nurse Association. He was on the Board of the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce and was Board Chair in 2012. He was the Board Chair of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League from 2009 to 2011, a past member of the Delaware Business Roundtable Executive and Education Committees, the Governor’s P-20 Council and the Advisory Board at the University of Delaware’s Lerner College of Business & Economics. Bill has been a Rotary Club member since 2006.
He lives with his wife, Jeanne, in Rehoboth Beach, DE; they have three grown children and one grandchild.