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Public Allies Continues Partnership with NBA Foundation to Cultivate Pipeline of Young Black Civic Leaders

Public Allies is thrilled to announce the continuance of its partnership with the NBA Foundation. With the support of the NBA Foundation, Public Allies will continue to provide critical access to workforce and leadership development opportunities for up-and-coming leaders from marginalized communities.  


Working nationwide—including six NBA market locations—and in partnership with hundreds of nonprofit organizations, Public Allies graduates more than 200 Allies per year using a proprietary curriculum that helps young people discover, develop, and leverage their leadership potential and learn how to apply creative problem-solving skills to systemic challenges. Our nearly ten thousand alumni hold positions ranging from elected officials, to nonprofit managers, to CEOs of companies and foundations. Collectively, our network of Allies, alumni, and nonprofit partners creates a powerful force for equity and justice in communities that need it most, working together to ensure the future is designed by and for everyone.


“We are honored to have the continued partnership and support of the NBA Foundation. I applaud the foundation’s clear and urgent commitment to ensuring there are paths to opportunity for the country’s next generation of leaders. It is more important than ever that young people from our nation’s most marginalized communities know that there remains a firm commitment to ensuring they have a place in our nation’s economy and democracy,” says Jenise Terrell, CEO of Public Allies. “Together, we will continue to lift up and inspire the next generation of leaders and work collectively towards building a more just and equitable future for all.”


Created in August 2020, the NBA Foundation is the league’s first-ever charitable foundation dedicated to driving economic opportunity for Black youth. The Foundation invests in local and national organizations that promote school-to-career and workforce development opportunities. 


“We are proud to continue our partnership with Public Allies in their mission to develop the leaders of tomorrow,” says Greg Taylor, NBA Foundation Executive Director. “Their track record of  equipping young people with the skills necessary to face challenges and solve problems is not only impressive but critical to the continued growth of the communities they serve. We look forward to expanding the impact of this work and paving the way to a brighter future.”


To learn more about the NBA Foundation’s latest round of grants, please visit