My name is Lisa Allen and I was appointed in February 2021  to the Summit Council to fill Councilman Steve Bowman’s vacated seat. I will be on the ballot this November to seek re-election. 

I have been blessed to be a resident of Summit for almost 12 years with my husband and two teenage boys who are in the Summit Public Schools. Over the years I have enjoyed finding new and meaningful ways to deepen our roots here.. 


I recently went back to school to earn my M.A. in Public and Organizational Relations from Montclair State University and now work full time in District 21's Legislative Office. A friend and local mom inspired me when she decided to return for an advanced degree later in life, and it's my goal is to provide the same encouragement for other women to help realize, no matter where you are in life - taking risks, discovering your passion, and giving back is not only personally fulfilling, but you can also become an unexpected role model for other women who may be holding back "until the time is right."



Since my swearing in, I'm often asked, “Why are you running?” My answer for simple:  Because local matters.

take the role of a Council member seriously and strive to serve to the best of my ability. The best way I can achieve this is through listening, learning, and elevating your voice. My goal is to meet every Summit resident over the next several months, learn what you care about, and discuss what you love about our great city. Serving on Council is not about my agenda, it’s about what the community cares about - finding common ground and a united voice for all on a local level. 
Whatever I learn from you over the next several months I will, first and foremost, always focus on: 

  • Safe Neighborhoods

  • Smart Government, and 

  • Small Business Vitality


Summit is an incredibly diverse town of over 22,000 residents. That diversity is what makes Summit unique and keeps our hometown a shining beacon on the hill.  

I look forward to meeting you soon so I can earn your trust and your vote. In the meantime, it’s an honor to serve as your Councilwoman and I hope you allow me to continue representing you in 2022 and beyond.

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