Allison Ball’s family has lived in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky since the 1790’s.
With these strong Kentucky roots, Allison wasted no time developing her first entrepreneurial venture at just nine years of age. She fondly remembers her younger self – selling pencils with positive sayings written on them. When Allison made $200 the first week of her budding small business, she learned something…
“You don’t have to wait until you’re older to start doing what you are passionate about.”
This mindset may very well have followed Allison throughout her career. As our 38th State Treasurer of the Commonwealth, Allison had the singular distinction of being our nation's youngest woman to serve in a statewide position. If that wasn’t enough, Allison is also the first Kentucky Constitutional Officer to give birth while in office.
By 2018, Allison became the first Kentuckian to serve as National Chair of the State Financial Officers Foundation – an organization that solves financial issues impacting states across the country. She was also selected for the 2018 The Aspen Institute-Rodel Fellowships in Public Leadership program – a program which seeks to bring together the nation's most promising, young political leaders.
Since taking office in 2015, Treasurer Ball has established herself as a fierce watchdog for our taxpayer dollars. She launched a website that makes it easier for Kentuckians to see how the state government is spending their money – transparency.ky.gov. She also established a savings and investment program for Kentuckians with disabilities called STABLE Kentucky.
In 2018, Allison established the Financial Empowerment Coalition and Database, focused on improving the financial literacy of Kentuckians. Specifically, this database houses resources aimed at empowering aging Kentuckians, Commonwealth employees, emerging adults, Kentuckians with disabilities, low-income families, students, and veterans and military personnel.
Prior to her role as Kentucky State Treasurer, Allison practiced bankruptcy law with a focus on consumer rights and commercial litigation. She also spent four years as an Assistant Floyd County Attorney, prosecuting child abuse and juvenile delinquency cases. Allison holds a law degree from the University of Kentucky College of Law, where she served as President of the University of Kentucky Chapter of the Federalist Society.
Allison married Taylor County native, Asa James Swan, in 2016 and they have one son, Levi.