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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.

Public Allies San Antonio is a program of Alamo Colleges. Our work is made possible through funding from the AmeriCorps.

Public Allies San Antonio

  • Public Allies San Antonio, Eastside Education Training Center (EETC), 4551 Dietrich Rd., San Antonio, TX 78237
  • (210) 485-0780


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?


'Parenting is not easy;' Mother of six helps others become better parents

Public Allies San Antonio alum Anna Castaneda Featured by News 4 San Antonio

Anna Castaneda was not expected to make it this far. Anna says, “I’ve had for good reasons had to become a single parent. I wear the same shoes that a lot of our clients who come into the program wear. I have the opportunity to put things in place for myself as I am assisting them.”

Woman starts clothing closet to help others in need

Public Allies San Antonio member Mia Espinoza working at the East Side Education Training Center as a Community Outreach Liaison

Mia Espinoza is proudly from the West Side of San Antonio. She graduated from Fox Tech High School. She is now working at the East Side Education Training Center as a Community Outreach Liaison for those looking to find jobs and to go back to school.

From Heroin to Hope: Anna Castañeda’s Mission to Give Back

20 new Public Allies Indianapolis members take oath of service

Anna Castañeda was good at her job. As a cocaine and heroin dealer on the San Antonio’s Westside, she was a 23-year-old girl doing the job of a drug industry veteran, and commanding plenty of respect.

“You come to buy two dimes of heroin, and you leave with ten dimes and a bag of coke,” Castañeda said, reflecting on her business skills.

The problem was that, by 26, Castañeda had four kids and a felony conviction, possession with intent to distribute cocaine. She was living on a precarious edge that couldn’t last forever. Over the next year she would find herself on a perilous journey in and out of homelessness, in which her remarkable grit and determination would be matched only by the generosity she encountered along the way, finally bringing her to a place of hope.

LiftFund Announces New Executive Hires

Public Allies San Antonio Alum Martha Zurita named as new vice president for communications

LiftFund, a  locally based financial and business support service organization, announced two new executive-level hires on Monday. Richard Ruebe was appointed as the nonprofit’s chief operating officer, and Martha Zurita as its new vice president for communications.