Jason Cooley

Executive Director, Allen Community Development Corporation

City of Allen, TX

Jason is currently the Executive Director of the City of Allen’s Community Development Corporation.  Jason is the City of Allen’s first executive director of the Allen Community Development Corporation (CDC), an entity which administers dedicated sales tax funding to invest in Allen’s quality of life. 

Prior to his role in Allen, Jason was the Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Frisco. In this role, Jason led the advancement of Smart City technology and municipal innovation for the City. Jason is also the City’s liaison to the Mayor’s Frisco Inclusion Committee. Jason joined the City of Frisco as the Strategic Services Manager in the City Manager’s Office in June 2015.  During his time in Frisco, Jason has been assigned to work in various departments and roles.  He has been Interim Director of Parks and Recreations, Interim Intergovernmental Affairs Manager and Assistant to the City Manager.  

Prior to joining Frisco, Jason was a Senior Vice President with Strategic Government Resources. Jason has over 16 years of municipal government experience mostly serving as Budget/Finance director and Innovation Director for several Dallas metro-area cities.  Jason started his career in Washington, D.C. in the consulting sector, focusing on government productivity and effectiveness. 

Jason holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Communication and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas. Jason is married to his wife Jenn, and has two daughters Maggie and Mallory. Jason is an avid CrossFit athlete and triathlete.