Meet the Staff

Ronald Copeland, University District Director

Ron Copeland directs the University District Partnership, a revitalization program for the residential neighborhoods and commercial areas adjacent to the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Prior to joining UALR, Copeland was employed five years as Administrative Services Director for Pulaski County. During the 1990s, Copeland was self-employed as a planning and management consultant serving private nonprofit organizations and public agencies in Arkansas. Earlier in his career, Copeland held executive, administrative and community development posts at local, state and federal agencies.

Copeland currently serves on the World Services for the Blind Foundation Board of Directors, and the Pulaski County Planning Board. He previously served on the Little Rock Housing Authority Board of Commissioners, Central Arkansas Transit Authority Board of Directors and Arkansas Advocates for Children and Family Board of Directors.

Barrett Allen, University District Assistant Director

Barrett Allen began work at UALR in 2003 as a governmental relations associate. Currently, he serves as the Community Development Program Officer for the University District Partnership. His position requires working with University District partners to plan, develop, fund and operate housing and community improvement programs for the University District area.

Barrett has accumulated more than 16 years of experience in government and community development. Currently, he serves as the Community Development Corporation representative on the City of Little Rock’s Community Housing Advisory Board. Prior to coming to work at UALR, Barrett spent six years working with Rep. Vic Snyder in both the Washington,D.C., and Little Rock offices, where he was responsible for local grants and education issues.

Barrett graduated with a B.A. degree in Political Science from Philander Smith College in 1996 and received his Masters in Public Administration from UALR in 2002.