She replaces Roxanne Gould, who ran state government affairs for AeA when it merged with other trade groups to form TechAmerica. Gould is leaving to head government affairs for the western states for Dell, a TechAmerica member.
“Tech firms are facing fundamental policy challenges in the states, more so now than ever before," Allman said in a statement. "Technology is fundamental to America’s competitiveness and drives growth and productivity in nearly every other segment of the economy. This is a rare opportunity to contribute to an important cause.”
She's also been in the telecom world, as she worked for MCI Worldcom's State Government Relations team. Prior to that, she was press secretary to Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY). She also served as senior policy advisor to Michigan State Democratic Caucus.
Allman's hire comes not too long after another technology industry trade group recruited talent from the entertainment arena. A year ago, the Information Technology Industry Council appointed Dean Garfield to be president and CEO. Garfield had previously been chief strategic officer for the Motion Picture Association of America.