Jaime Ernesto Uzeta


Jaime Ernesto Uzeta became CEO of Public Allies after serving on the organization’s national board of directors.

Jaime has more than 20 years of experience working across sectors and empowering young people through media, technology, education, and public service. Most recently, Jaime was Vice President of Innovation and Partnerships at BUILD, a national nonprofit that uses entrepreneurship to teach Innovation Era skills to underserved students. His other roles in education have included heading up growth strategy and development for GreatSchools, the digital media group that helps parents unlock education opportunities for their children, and serving as portfolio director for the design firm IDEO.

In the media space, Jaime built Participant Media’s digital and TV social action teams, which informed and mobilized audiences around critical social issues. He played a similar role for MTV, where he co-developed the Emmy Award-winning Choose or Lose and Fight for Your Rights initiatives.

Beyond the media and education domains, Jaime’s experience includes political appointments within the White House and the Departments of Treasury and Commerce and various strategy and marketing roles for clients such as CNN and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He started his career as a field organizer at Rock the Vote.

Jaime currently serves on the Board of the LA Promise Fund. He graduated with honors from the University of Houston with a BA in political science and earned his MBA from Columbia University. Jaime resides with his wife and two children in California.

Jenise Terrell


Jenise Terrell has dedicated her career to ensuring that all young people have the opportunity to realize their full potential. Since 2003, she has lived out that commitment through her exemplary service to Public Allies, where she has held a number of senior programmatic and development roles, including as Vice President, local advisory board member, Director of Federal Grants, and Senior Director of Strategy and Development.

Jenise has played a central role in developing two groundbreaking national programs set to launch this fall with funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service’s (CNCS’) VISTA Program: DREAMCorps, the first national service program to welcome DREAMers (undocumented young adults with deferred immigration status), and a collaborative, multi-city venture with the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance that will build career and education pathways for Men of Color. In both cases, Jenise’s expertise and vision have enabled Public Allies to quickly execute critical national partnerships and to move stakeholders from concept to product to upcoming program launch.

Jenise is a native Milwaukeean, proud Public Allies alumna, and a working mother of two beautiful children. She regularly volunteers grant-writing support to small Milwaukee community-based organizations. Jenise holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration from Marquette University, and has published urban history research on Milwaukee’s African American community.

Melanie De Bond


As VP of Insights and Communications, Melanie leads internal and external communications, research/data, and learning for the organization, building out the infrastructure to support organizational brand, wisdom, and storytelling.

Melanie has more than two decades of experience as a leader in the fields of communications, research, and education. For 18 years, she owned a consulting firm focused on these areas with clients ranging from nonprofits to Fortune 500 companies, including ESPN, Microsoft, YWCA, and Children’s Hospital. Melanie has also served as the communications executive for a billion-dollar public company as well as a global non-profit. She was credited with dramatically impacting these organizations through building infrastructure from the ground up, shaping sound strategy, and introducing innovative approaches. Driven by a desire to help people find joy and purpose, she also developed a research-based system for pinpointing your most fulfilling life’s work.

Melanie holds Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Communication from the University of Washington. She has designed and taught undergraduate and MBA courses at the University of Washington and has guest lectured at numerous other colleges and universities.

In addition to her work in multiple organizations around diversity, equity, and inclusion, as a daughter of immigrants and mother of Sri Lankan/African American children, Melanie is also deeply and personally committed to advancing social and racial justice. She lives with her family and giant dog near Seattle, WA.

Laura Emir


Laura Emir is a fundraiser and nonprofit leader with over 20 years of experience in organizations focusing on social and racial justice, women’s rights and access to health care.  Most recently, Laura was Director of Development and External Relations for IndependenceFirst – The First Resource for People with Disabilities.   Prior to this, she served as Director of Individual Giving for The AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and Director of Development for Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Wisconsin.  She was also Development Director of ACLU of Wisconsin and Resource Development Manager for the Women’s Fund of Greater Milwaukee where, in both roles, became the first full time, dedicated development staff member.  Laura’s development experience has focused on individual and major giving, and building systems, process and infrastructure.

Originally from Chicago area Laura, attended Northern Illinois University, earning a BA in English with a minor in History.  She moved to Milwaukee area in 1994.  She serves on the boards of the Jewish Community Relations Council where she chairs the Domestic Policy committee and is a founding member of the Muslim Jewish and Latino Jewish Alliances, is a trustee for Glendale River Hills School District Foundation and Congregation Emmanuel B’nai Jeshurun and is a new board member of Pathfinders Milwaukee.  Laura is also an avid chef who loves to cook and spend time with her family.

Stephen Bauer


Stephen Bauer serves as Chief of Staff for Public Allies, working with the executive team to deliver our mission of creating a more just and equitable society. With over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector, Stephen has focused his work on creating pathways to education and careers for diverse leaders. Previously, he was Director of Strategic Initiatives for Public Allies where he focused on multiple national projects aimed at increasing the capacity of the organization. Before coming to Public Allies, Stephen served as the Director of External Relations at the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance where he staffed national collaborations aimed at recruiting and retaining next generation, nonprofit leaders.

Stephen was chosen as both a 2013 Independent Sector NGen Fellow and a 2010 National Human Services Assembly National Civic Sector Leadership Fellow as well as co-founded the Kansas City chapter of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network. Stephen holds a master’s degree in higher education administration and a nonprofit management certification from Western Illinois University and a bachelor’s degree in computer graphics from Southeast Missouri State University.

In loving memory of our dear friend and colleague Tonya Mantilla – an incredible leader and visionary champion of justice and equity. 1974 – 2021. Rest in Power, Tonya.