Ernie Allen is an attorney who served as the President & CEO of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) for 23 years until June 2012, and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) until 2014.
Allen is also a former Director of Public Health & Safety for the City of Louisville, Kentucky.
He is a graduate of the University of Louisville where he became a member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. Allen received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Louisville in 1972 and passed the Kentucky bar exam that same year.
From 1973 to 1983 he was the director of the Louisville Crime Commission and from 1983 to 1985 he was director of safety for Louisville. From 1985 to 1989 he was the chief administrative officer for Jefferson County, Kentucky.
Allen served as President & CEO of both NCMEC and the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) for 15 years. Allen retired from NCMEC in 2012, and in 2014 announced his retirement from ICMEC as well.