“Not Far From the Tree”: A Poem

By Destiny Harris   Above cultivated humid soil, I ascend soaking in optimism. Underneath this soil, beads of courage are knotted into all of my fibrous roots. Through these roots, I am able to form a thick heart in this hollow trunk. From this trunk, hunger for self-control dangles in my mind like these scaly Read More

Tonya Mantilla, Rest In Power

We just heard the heartbreaking news that our dear friend, former PA Milwaukee ED, and PANO VP of Growth Strategy and Development, Tonya Mantilla, passed away Saturday, December 18th, surrounded by daughter Tatum (pictured) and close friends. Tonya had been on medical leave privately and fiercely battling cancer for the past year. Those of you Read More


Scott and Jewett join lead funder Citi Foundation as well as Ballmer Group, JPMorgan Chase, The Starbucks Foundation, and others in supporting Public Allies’s new Racial Equity Fundraising Campaign Milwaukee, Wis, November 17, 2021 – Public Allies, a national nonprofit whose mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to Read More

Statement on the Miscarriage of Justice in Kenosha

Over the past few weeks, the nation witnessed on trial, questions that sit at the heart of our democracy. Is it possible, in a country founded upon the premise of freedom and justice, to uphold equal justice before the law and the value of all life? Is the right to protest truly a right guaranteed Read More

Training the Trainers: Jeremy Triblett

Just a block away from his home on the north side of Milwaukee, alum Jeremy Triblett (Public Allies Milwaukee ‘10) realized he was being trailed by a police car. “I got into my driveway, stepped onto my grass, and they got out of the car, and it felt like a thousand of them—middle of the Read More

Past Lessons for Present Change: Sarah Weiss

The Holocaust and Genocide Memorial and Education Commission has a new member: Public Allies Cincinnati 2005 alum Sarah Weiss. Having served as CEO of Cincinnati’s Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center since 2007, Sarah uses lessons of the past to make change in the present and future. Her work centers around education about Read More

Jenise Terrell wins the 2021 Excellence in AmeriCorps Lifetime of Service Award

Public Allies, a national nonprofit whose mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it, is proud to announce Jenise Terrell as the recipient of the 2021 Excellence in AmeriCorps Lifetime of Service Award. The award recognizes Ms. Terrell, Vice President of  Programs, for her outstanding service and Read More

Ashley Lee Named Public Allies Director of Alumni Engagement & Mobilization 

We are happy to announce that Ashley Lee is joining the Public Allies National Office as the Director of Alumni Engagement & Mobilization. In this role, Ashley is responsible for the development and implementation of strategies and programs to support the professional development of Public Allies alumni. Ashley’s goal will be to leverage our 8,000 Read More

Local Knows Best: Eric Salcedo

If you think you’ve had a hectic year, talk to Eric Salcedo. He’s had four jobs since January 2020—all national, public-facing roles (even amidst the global COVID-19 pandemic), and most recently with a little-known organization called the Democratic National Committee. That’s life in politics! Growing up in the relatively homogenous town of Summit, New Jersey Read More

Not All Women: Women’s Equality Day and the Continued Fight for Freedom

Most of us were taught that the 19th Amendment granted women the right to vote in 1920, after decades of work to gain support for and pass the law. Of course, the history books aren’t quite wrong—they just leave out crucial context about the role of race during that time. In fact, in 1918, leading Read More