VSF Board of Directors: MARSEILLE L. ALLEN
Marseille Allen is a legislative liaison for the United Auto Workers Local 6000 and serves as the president of the Warriors Trust Fund, a nonprofit she established to assist combat veterans under active felony supervision in the criminal justice system. Marseille received BAs in Sociology and African Studies from Wellesley College, and an MA in Sociology from Wayne State University.
After graduating from Wellesley College in 2001, Marseille 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. Subsequent to 9/11, Marseille followed her immediate supervisor to the Center for Community Change, then relocated to Korea to teach English. Upon her return to the U.S., she served as a truancy officer until joining the Michigan Department of Corrections in November of 2006.
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. When promoted to a non-supervisory role within the Department, Marseille founded the Warriors Trust Fund which has established relationships with UPS, Uber and other local businesses to better support military veterans.
Marseille continues to use her skills to empower communities. In response to the Flint Water Crisis, she established the GoFundMe campaign, WaterForFlint-WFF. The campaign raised more than $60,000 ($10,000 was awarded by GoFundfMe after a week-long fundraising competition) for the purchase of water. Her efforts received national and international recognition, including from Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton and Governor Rick Snyder. Additionally, Marseille and her team distributed 2.1 million baby wipes donated to her campaign from Huggies.
Marseille is a member of the Boards of Directors for the Veterans Support Foundation and Pretty Hearts, and serves on the Fund Development Committee for the Shelter of Flint.
Marseille did not serve in the military; however, her familial history dates back to the Spanish-American War. She is the proud granddaughter of a World War II veteran and Purple Heart Recipient, and a Korean and Vietnam Wars veteran, and niece of a Vietnam and Gulf War veteran.