Donna Allie, Team Clean
  • Twenty-three years serving as president of Team Clean, Inc.
  • Has served a variety of clients—from government facilities to entertainment venues
  • Received the US Small Business Administration’s award for District Minority Small Business Person of the Year

Donna L. Allie, PhD., President and Chief Executive Officer launched the company in the mid-1980s as a solopreneur and has grown the company to over seven hundred employees.

She founded the company on a shoestring, and it now serves a variety of clients in government, education, industry, professional offices, and sports and entertainment venues and events. Among the highlights of Team Clean, Inc.’s growth are clients such as the 2000 Republican National Convention in Philadelphia, the landmark National Constitution Center, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and Citizens Bank Park, the home of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Originally unable to find employment in her chosen field after college graduation, Allie was a single parent who was determined to find a way to support herself and her child. She had accompanied a friend on a job to clean a home and realized there was excellent income potential in cleaning houses. She answered newspaper advertisements for “cleaning ladies” and began cleaning homes throughout Philadelphia’s suburban Main Line.

Team Clean, Inc. grew when Allie began to respond to those newspaper ads by hiring women and sending them off in pairs to clean homes, thus establishing the burgeoning company’s team approach to cleaning. She received her first commercial contract in 1985 with the Upper Main Line YMCA. In 2001, she was selected by the US Small Business Administration as the District Minority Small Business Person of the Year. The Business Center at New Covenant Campus honored Allie in 2006 with their Harriet Tubman Trailblazer Award. In addition, Allie has received the 62nd National Freedom Day Association’s Community Service Award, the city of Philadelphia’s Supply, Service, and Equipment Award, and the Main Line Martin Luther King Jr. Association’s Business Leadership Award. In 2008, Allie received the Women of Distinction Award from the Philadelphia Business Journal, and, most recently, she was honored to receive the prestigious 2012 Helena Devereux Women in Leadership Award from the Main Line Chamber of Commerce.

Allie is a native of Bryn Mawr, PA and a graduate of Wilberforce University—obtaining a BA in Sociology and Vocational Rehabilitation. She also attended the Loyola Advanced Minority Business Executive Program, as well as taking several courses at the Wharton Small Business Development Center; she currently serves on the board of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Free Library of Philadelphia, and the African-American Chamber of Commerce.