As the company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Aaron is passionate about creating a company culture where fellow employee-owners love coming to work and are part of a collaborative and mission-centered team. In his role shaping the future of the company, Aaron is most excited about the company’s focus on sustainability, significant leadership from women at the highest levels of the organization, and a culture that attracts and invests in a bright and learning-oriented workforce. Since Aaron joined Allen in 2015, the company has earned recognition as the ESOP (employee-owned) Company of the Year for the Western States region and ranked as one of the top ten remodelers in the nation.
Aaron’s career has focused on helping companies gain strategic alignment and develop strong, mission-oriented cultures, a background he developed in management consulting while at Accenture and The Bridgespan Group, a spinoff of Bain. Prior to joining Allen Construction, Aaron was Senior Program Officer at the James Irvine Foundation, where he funded education-related companies for over $40 million to increase graduation rates and career-based learning across California. He is also the founder of LA VIDA Education, a nonprofit that runs one of the most attended libraries in Nicaragua, where he lived for three years while developing the Nicaraguan team that runs the organization today.
Aaron holds an MBA from UC Berkeley and attended as a Gap Scholar fellowship recipient in corporate social responsibility. In his down time, he is a huge fan of Cal sports, the Santa Barbara farmers’ market, fly fishing the streams of California, and doing his best to keep his balance during yoga classes, on a skateboard, or on anything that floats.