Once Allies complete our program, they are forever part of the Public Allies family. Our Alumni Programs connect and engage the growing Public Allies network of diverse leaders, providing support for graduates’ career development, influence, impact, and civic engagement. We help advance #PAAlum into nonprofit and public leadership roles so that they can put Public Allies’ values into practice, enabling their communities to more effectively address social issues and move toward greater equity and justice.
ADVANCING DIVERSE SOCIAL SECTOR LEADERS: THE ROLE/EQUITY INITIATIVE
Public Allies believes that social sector leadership should be representative of the communities they serve. As values-based nonprofit professionals, philanthropists, board members, and artists, #PAAlum are those leaders.
Our #PAAlum are diverse, social sector leaders. Of all 8,000 #PAAlum, 80% are people of color, over half are women, and the majority are from low- and moderate-income families and underserved communities. Our #PAAlum are changing the face and the practice of leadership, with 80% pursuing careers in the social sector and 45% aspiring to become a social sector CEO or top executive.
The next generation of leaders needs to look like America will look, but at the same time, nonprofits are struggling to recruit and retain diverse talent. People of color represent only 18% of overall nonprofit staff members and only 11% of nonprofit CEOs. Our 2016 report, “Advancing Diversity in the Nonprofit Sector,” found that most #PAAlum work in organizations with no mention of diversity in their mission statement and no staff persons dedicated to that work.
% People of Color
% Work in Social Sector
The goal of the Role/Equity Initiative is that all engaged #PAAlum are prepared for and have access to roles of influence in the social sector. We will reach this goal through three phases:
- Joining Mission: #PAAlum are engaged in the Public Allies Alumni mission
- Growing Leadership: Engaged #PAAlum develop personal plans to lead for equity
- Advancing Role: Plans are turned into action as #PAAlum increase roles of influence to lead for equity
Abel Núñez (Washington DC, ’95) was the first person in his family to speak English, and as a result, from a very early age he was often asked to translate for his family. Fast-forward decades later, and Abel — who arrived in the U.S. with his family from El Salvador in 1979 — continues to be a vital bridge between recent immigrants and the larger community. For his work, including rising up to become executive director of CARECEN, an immigrant rights group in Washington, D.C., Abel was recently awarded Georgetown University’s John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
ALUMNI SOCIAL MEDIA
Public Allies Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Cross-Sector Partnerships