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.

Our work is made possible through funding from the Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service and AmeriCorps.

Public Allies Chicago

  • 180 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1016, Chicago, IL 60601
  • (312) 422-7777


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?


Nonprofit Reach Out and Read Announces Industry Leader

Featuring Artavia Berry, Public Allies Chicago '94

Reach Out and Read (ROR), a nonprofit which integrates reading aloud to children into pediatric care, is proud to announce the hiring of Artavia Berry as its Founding Executive Director in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Peace Exchange in South Dakota

Featuring Henry Cervantes, Public Allies Chicago '06 & '07

In August 2021, four Peace Builders traveled to South Dakota to visit Native American reservations. The young leaders visited Augustana University, Lower Brule, the Badlands, the Black Hills, and Rapid City, SD communities to continue their learning in restorative justice and traditional practices from First Nations people.

This documentary will be featured in their outreach program to children in Chicago’s under-resourced West and South Side communities. #LeadersofNow

Duckworth, Durbin Announce Over $16.4 Million for Illinois AmeriCorps Programs

Today, U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced $16,426,522 million in federal funding to support community service programs throughout Illinois.

National Service programs save taxpayers money. Why would we defund them?

We agree that it is “legitimate, even obligatory, for Congress to periodically scrutinize long-lived programs and agencies to confirm that they are achieving a sound purpose at an appropriate cost,” as you wrote in your…