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In a Historic Election, Alumni Led the Way

While the chaos of this election cycle will be analyzed for years to come, the leadership and impact of our alumni on the election was resoundingly clear. Across the country, Public Allies alumni ran for office and empowered others to do the same, and participated in game-changing efforts to organize and mobilize our communities. Their Read More

Powering a Sustainable Future: Garrison Davis

To Garrison Davis, the nature preserve bordering his childhood home was a sanctuary. “It’s where I went to think, relax, and appreciate life,” he says. Now, his mission is to protect that preserve and the environment we all share. Garrison’s service journey started shortly after high school. Joining the Public Allies Delaware AmeriCorps apprenticeship program Read More

Public Allies Launches New National Cohort

100 Emerging Leaders Trained to Address Inequities Exposed and Worsened by COVID-19 In response to the inequities exposed and worsened by COVID-19, Public Allies has launched a national initiative that connects one hundred emerging leaders from across the country. For the next ten months, emerging leaders from across the country will be trained, connected, and Read More

Art & Human Rights: Marissa Gutiérrez-Vicario

Art and human rights: To Marissa Gutiérrez-Vicario, they have always been intertwined. Once a director with Public Allies New York, Marissa went on to start Art and Resistance Through Education (ARTE), which empowers young people to find their voices and advocate for crucial human rights issues—all through the accessible mediums of visual art and design. Read More

Illustrating the Movement: Dan Méndez Moore

As protests for George Floyd erupted in his Minneapolis neighborhood, Public Allies alum Dan Méndez Moore found familiarity in the unrest.  Almost twenty years earlier, in April 2001, Dan’s hometown of Cincinnati was engulfed by similar protests after the police killing of 19-year-old Timothy Thomas. With 15 young Black men having died in police custody Read More


        CITI FOUNDATION MAKES MAJOR INVESTMENT IN PUBLIC ALLIES’ NEXT WAVE LEADERSHIP PROJECT YOUNG PEOPLE OF COLOR TRAINED TO ADDRESS INEQUITIES EXPOSED BY COVID-19 [Milwaukee, Wisconsin] In response to the inequities exposed and worsened by COVID-19, Citi Foundation has made a significant investment of $500,000 in the Next Wave Leaders Project, a bold new Read More

Milwaukee Business Journal: “Business, philanthropic leaders speak on civil unrest in Kenosha”

By Nick Williams for the Milwaukee Business Journal The Milwaukee Business Journal asked members of the local business, civil rights and philanthropic community to weigh in on the turmoil in Kenosha following the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by police officers on Sunday, and what can be done to heal the community. The events Read More

Michelle Obama Reflects on Public Allies Experience in New Podcast

In a conversation with her husband on her brand new podcast, former First Lady Michelle Obama speaks passionately about our shared Public Allies mission and all that it brought to her life. Thanks to her position as the Executive Director of Public Allies Chicago she recounts that “for the first time I felt like a Read More

Virtual 5k Raises Funds and Awareness Around Racial Injustice

Discouraged by the barrage of news about COVID-19 and police brutality, Dayna Keene wanted to do something to make a positive impact.  An alumni of the Peace Corps who is passionate about public health, she certainly had some awareness of her own privilege as a white person within systems of racial inequity. Yet, it wasn’t Read More

Eyes on Minneapolis: Twin Cities Leaders Share Visions of Justice

Two weeks after the tragic murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the global movement for Black lives has been as active as ever. City by city, demands for justice and equity have resulted in tangible policy change—and the sea change is far from over. With a long-standing commitment to dismantling systems of inequity and building Read More