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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.

Our work is made possible through funding from AmeriCorps.


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 is Celebrating its 20th Anniversary of Producing Diverse, Unique Cincinnati Leaders

The AmeriCorp program focuses on creating homegrown heroes

When Nikita Anderson first joined Public Allies Cincinnati, she was looking for a job. With four children to support — and unemployed at the time — she was searching for opportunities. Then she met two ‘allies’ serving with the Urban League (an organization that promotes economic empowerment and self-sufficiency through a variety of programming) in her home neighborhood of Avondale. And so, Anderson decided to take the dive herself.

OES Partners with Public Allies Cincinnati

The City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability is forging a new partnership with a nonprofit in Cincinnati.

Public Allies: A Career Path to Public Service

Public Allies is a unique professional development program based on the core values of diversity and inclusion, collaboration, continuous learning, integrity, and building on assets. The program that partners with AmeriCorps to give more than 600 diverse individuals nationally an opportunity to be placed at a local nonprofit organization and participate in a full-time, paid apprenticeship for 10 months.