Local Impact
CDFI Resources Allow Naval Veteran to Serve His Community

Acumen Building Enterprise operates in a low-income income neighborhood in East Oakland, CA, where 25 percent of residents live below the poverty line. After serving his country in the United States Navy, Walter Allen saw the importance of supporting this neighborhood. In 1994, he founded Acumen Building Enterprise, Inc. (Acumen), which specializes in providing professional services to municipal and state transportation agencies, including local public transit operators BART and AC Transit, as well as CalTrans (California's state department of transportation). With its 40 employees, Acumen provides a variety of consulting and management services, as well as software development, installation, and maintenance programs.

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