Laura Allen is the Town Administrator for Berlin, Maryland which was recently voted America’s Coolest Small Town. Before moving to the east coast in 2013, she was the City Manager of the Town of Colma, California for five years. Ms. Allen has a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master’s degree in Public Administration along with over 20 years of experience working in the public sector. She is a graduate of the International City/County Management Association’s Leadership Program (LICMA) and the Senior Executive Institute (SEI) at the University of Virginia, Darden Graduate School of Business. Ms. Allen is a credentialed city manager (ICMA-CM) and a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO). She currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Committee on Economic Development and Capital Planning.