Judy Allen is employed as the Senior Executive Officer of Tribal Relations. She has worked for the tribe since 1984, beginning her career as Assistant Editor of the tribal newspaper, then being promoted to Editor in 1986 and again in 1999 as Executive Director of Public Relations.
Judy is a member and Ambassador for Class XXV of Leadership Oklahoma. Judy is also is on the Board of Directors of the Choctaw Code Talkers Association, Creative Oklahoma and the Women’s Foundation of Oklahoma. She is a member of the Board of Advocates for the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital. Judy serves on committees for Choctaw Nation Natural Resources, PAC and Employee Benefits.
Past honors include awards for Preservation of Choctaw Culture from the Okla Chahta Clan (2000) and the Meritorious Service Award from the DFW Native American Chamber of Commerce (2009). She was also honored to serve as Faculty in Residence in 2012 for the National Education for Women’s Leadership Initiative. She was one of the Oklahoma women chosen in 2012 for the 50 Making a Difference and nominated for 2012 Journal Record Woman of the Year.
Rating high among Judy’s past accomplishments is being on the leadership team to obtain recognition through the U.S. Congress for Native American Code Talkers. Other achievements include leading teams to begin the first Choctaw Commemorative Trail of Tears Walk and Choctaw Veterans Ceremony, both of which are now annual events. Another honor for Judy and her team at Choctaw Nation was the organization and successful implementation of the first tribal festival at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in Washington, D.C. The occasion was such a success that the Smithsonian NMAI requested the Choctaw festival become an annual event, and launched a campaign to request other tribes across the United States to host celebrations at the museum.
Church and community are an important part of Judy’s life. Some of her highlights in life include time spent serving as a Sunday School teacher for youth and women. Sharing her trust in God is extremely important to her.
Philosophy she shares with others is very simple: Be kind to others. Say thank you with sincerity. Give more than you take. And ALWAYS have a positive attitude.
Judy and her husband since 1979, Ray, make their home in Coleman. They have one son and five grandchildren of whom they are very proud.