Marva Allen was the president and co-owner of USI (Universal Software Inc), a multi-million dollar technology firm. She is currently a member of both the Board of Trustees for St. Hope Leadership Academy and LitWorld. She is also the CEO of Hue-Man Bookstore, an independent African-American bookseller in New York. She is a lecturer and an educator, and often speaks about African American women and related studies. She has a BSN from SGI in England, a B.S. in Biology from the University of Michigan and an M.S in Health & Business Administration.