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Public Allies is a social justice organization committed to changing the face and practice of leadership by recruiting and training talented emerging leaders, with a passion for social impact, to create meaningful change in our community. Our Allies are diverse, equity-centered, innovative problem solvers, dedicated to mobilizing community assets to develop solutions to local challenges. In partnership with nonprofit partners, we deliver our nationally recognized, values-driven, results-led apprenticeship to advance our mission to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it.

Public Allies Arizona is a program of the Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation. Our program is made possible through funding from AmeriCorps.

Public Allies Arizona – Phoenix

  • MC 4120 Arizona State University, 400 E. Van Buren St., Suite 900, Phoenix, AZ 85004
  • (602) 496-0500

Public Allies Arizona – Tucson

  • ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation Tucson Campus – ASU School of Social Work, 340 N. Commerce Park Loop, Suite 250, Tortolita Building, Tucson, Arizona 85745-4286
  • (520) 884-5507
  • (520) 884-5949


To create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it.


“Public Allies [is] all about promise – finding it, nurturing it, and putting it to use.”

– Former First Lady, Michelle Obama

Core to our values is a belief that we are all on a journey to grow as individuals and as leaders in our community. Where will your journey take you?


Public Allies Arizona will expand to Southern Arizona in early 2020, bringing to Tucson an AmeriCorps program that has developed more than 400 young leaders since its launch in Phoenix in 2006. Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation, the operating partner for Public Allies Arizona, co-hosted an evening reception in Tucson on Tuesday, Nov. 12, to celebrate the launch and to honor Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who was a catalyst in bringing the program to the city.

“So many young leaders have been shut out of the process,” said Terry Marks, director of Public Allies Arizona. “And every time Public Allies is able to expand and bring in new young adults into the fold, we are provided with a greater reach into communities in need of positive social impact.”

Public Allies Arizona – Tucson will start with a cohort of 10 Allies, placed at the following organizations: Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, Community Food Bank So. AZ, CPLC Community Schools, El Rio Santa Cruz Health Center, Greater Tucson Leadership, Local First Arizona, Pima Community College, Reid Park Zoo, St. Luke’s Home, and Tucson Clean & Beautiful.

During their apprenticeships, the Allies will also participate in service projects, mentoring and peer-to-peer coaching, and training days on topics like leadership and social justice. After completing the program, they receive a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award for furthering their education.

“Our Public Allies Arizona model of leadership is timely and proven, which makes our expansion into Greater Tucson so exciting,” said Dr. Robert Ashcraft, executive director of the ASU Lodestar Center and Saguaro Professor of Civic Enterprise. “The launch of Public Allies Arizona in Tucson builds on our Center’s long-standing capacity building programs offered for years in Tucson and this newest effort holds great promise for engaging young, diverse leaders to advance the missions of vital nonprofit organizations serving in the region,” Ashcraft added.


Sentrock turns walls into canvas, where his imagination flies

Featuring Joseph Perez, Public Allies Arizona '10 & '11

A mural of a young brown boy with a red bird mask engulfs a wall in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. On another wall, the boy is surrounded by quotes. There’s another wall-turned-canvas where the boy is among his friends, again donning the red bird mask. The boy’s name is Saint, a creation made by artist Sentrock to symbolize freedom achieved through the imagination.

Public Allies telling the stories of George Washington Carver High School

Chris Elliott, Nicholas Tanner, Tailer Shadron, and Antanisha Parker were grouped together in October of 2022 to plan and execute their Team Service Project.

After thorough research, they landed on interviewing the living Alumni of George Washington Carver High School. Now a museum, George Washington Carver High School was Arizona’s first school built entirely for students of color.

Public Allies alumnus DL White and Call Me MISTER help to shape a diverse generation of teachers and mentors

After completing his Public Allies service in 2021, DL White is now helping to develop a diverse teaching workforce through his work with Call Me MISTER, a national program soon to launch at ASU.

History graduate explores interests in communication, political science

Featuring Alex Hernandez, Public Allies Arizona '22

This spring, Alex Hernandez graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in history with minors in communication and political science. Here, he shares more about his experiences at ASU and what’s next for him.

Public Allies Launches Bi-Weekly Discussions on Equity

We at Public Allies work to dismantle systems of inequity, racism and oppression in our country by helping young people—mostly of color and many of them Black—find their voice and step into their leadership. We are proud of our alumni, who are a powerful, passionate and illustrious group of leaders and advocates across all sectors. Yet decades into our and others’ work, it’s clear we still have so much left to do.

We invite our community to join us for our bi-weekly Discussions on Equity.

This is an engagement group to read, listen, and view resources about how to be better Allies in underrepresented communities. The goal is to facilitate discussions, ask questions, and encourage growth. This group with begin by focusing on anti-racism.

Public Allies Arizona launches inaugural class of Allies in Tucson, expanding the ASU Lodestar Center's work in Southern Arizona

The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is excited to announce the inaugural class of Public Allies Arizona – Tucson, expanding the Center’s footprint in Southern Arizona. The first class of Allies in Tucson includes nine emerging young leaders who were selected to advance the program’s mission of creating a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it.

Mayor Jonathan Rothschild introduces national AmeriCorps program to Tucson

Public Allies Arizona expands to Tucson

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild will introduce Public Allies Arizona to Tucson for a presentation Tuesday. The Public Allies is a national AmeriCorps program looks to progress social justice and equity through diverse young leaders.

Young people find profound personal growth in Public Allies Arizona

Participants hone skills, increase nonprofits' impact in ASU Lodestar program

Brandon Vickers served his country for five years while he was a welder in the Navy. When he resumed civilian life in 2016, he knew he wanted to continue serving his community, but he didn’t know how. And then he found Public Allies Arizona, an intense, full-time apprenticeship program that pairs young people with nonprofit organizations. And he knew it would be perfect.