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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.

The Public Allies Los Angeles has an additional focus on investing in local leadership with a special focus on South Central Los Angeles. We believe that the emerging leadership in Los Angeles should be spear-headed by individuals who understand what communities need because they have lived, worked, and created in the neighborhoods we serve.

We’re dedicated to building an inclusive program that uplifts the voices that are truly reflective of our communities: people of color, the LGBTQIA+ communities, those impacted by the criminal justice system, youth and young folx, immigrant families and the voices that are marginalized by inequitable systems.

Public Allies Los Angeles is a program of CD Tech, and a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network.

Public Allies Los Angeles

  • 520 W 23rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90007
  • (213) 763-2520


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?


Meet Daniel Johnson of Public Allies Los Angeles in Historic South-Central

Daniel, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far. In 2012 at the age of 24 years old I enrolled in Venice YouthBuild (VYB) with $50 and a dream. While in VYB I began to enhance my knowledge of life skills, leadership development, job-readiness, construction and social justice.