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Category: Alumni Stories

A Different Kind of Life: Michaella Kosia

  For many people around the world, the onset of the pandemic was a time to pick up hobbies and to pursue your passions. For Michaella Kosia (Public Allies North Carolina ‘19) this desire to follow one’s dreams was no different.    Lockdown induced re-centering and reflecting encouraged Michaella to propel herself into culinary arts Read More

“Passion Paradox”: A Song

By Lucia Sicius   To listen to the full song, click here.   My name is Lucia Sicius. I was born and raised in Miami, Florida to the loving arms of a Chilean mother and an Italian-American father. I moved around between Miami, Spain, and Chile throughout my early life. This gifted me an immediate insight into Read More

Meet the Alumni Success Fellows

by Kira Dorvil, with contributions from Rylee Burke and Chrisal Valencia   A note from Kira: I would like to salute my fellow Fellows for their commitment, compassion, and creativity demonstrated in our first couple of months together. We’ve jumped in virtually, working across timezones in unison to create a vision for an engaged alumni Read More

Jewish American Heritage Month Featuring Alum Deandra Binder

Public Allies Arizona-Tucson End of Year Retreat (2021) “The core values of Justice and seeking to learn more about justice, and bring kindness and serve to others lead me into the public allies world and in my role there I think I was able to learn more about myself and question a lot about myself, Read More

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Feat. Chrisal Valencia

Chrisal Valencia is a proud Filipina mother of two and two-time Public Allies Arizona alum. She is based in Phoenix, AZ and have recently joined as Manager of Alumni Engagement & Mobilization for the Public Allies National Office.   Tell us a fun fact about you I love to roller skate, and I just recently Read More

A Poem Trying to Person: Kwyn Townsend Riley

To Kwyn Townsend Riley (Public Allies Chicago ‘19) and her closest friends and family, it is no surprise that poetry is her calling. For as long as she can remember, Kwyn has felt drawn to the magic of language in art and how she can use it to share her story.    “No one was Read More

Inclusivity in Health Education: Adelle White

Above all else, Adelle White (Public Allies Milwaukee ‘11) wants to provide a pathway for universities to assist in increasing visibility for educators with shared identities in public grade schools, starting with sex education.  Through her experience as a Health Education Manager at CommunityHealth Chicago, the largest volunteer-based health center in the nation, Adelle has 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

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