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2023
Lauren Elfant named COO of Public Allies

Ms. Elfant comes to Public Allies with over a decade of management experience in values-driven social justice organizations. She most recently served as Deputy Director of U.S. Programs at the Center for Reproductive Rights, and prior to that as Chief of Staff at the NYC Commission on Human Rights.

Board Names Jenise Terrell as CEO of Public Allies
Board Names Jenise Terrell as CEO of Public Allies

Ms. Terrell becomes the first alumni and first Black woman to hold the CEO title, bringing a bold vision to the 30-year-old social justice non profit.

Two #PAAlum to Join the National Board of Directors
Two #PAAlum to Join the National Board of Directors

The election of  two accomplished Black women alumni leaders is part of a broader commitment by the board to lead the rebuilding and re-imagining of Public Allies by bringing new talent, voices, knowledge, and lived experiences into the governing body.

2022
Public Allies Welcomes Four New Board Members
Public Allies Welcomes Four New Board Members

These latest additions are the first step in re-envisioning board membership, purpose, and culture for an organization that has been committed to social justice and racial equity for 30 years.

Public Allies Launches its 2022-23 Apprenticeship Program
Public Allies Launches its 2022-23 Apprenticeship Program

For the 2022-2023 service year, the following Public Allies sites will be operating its signature 10-month AmeriCorps apprenticeship program: Arizona, Central Florida, Chicago, Connecticut, Delaware, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, New Mexico, Pittsburgh, San Antonio, and Wisconsin (Milwaukee and Racine/Kenosha). 

Public Allies Hires Two New Chief Officers
Public Allies Hires Two New Chief Officers

Jenise hires two members of her leadership team, marking the return of two strong leaders to Public Allies. Elodie Baquerot Lavery will serve as Acting Chief Operating Officer and Ashley Lee will serve as Chief Programs Officer.

Public Allies Welcomes Jenise Terrell as Interim CEO
Public Allies Welcomes Jenise Terrell as Interim CEO

Jenise has deep knowledge of and appreciation for our AmeriCorps apprenticeship program. Her commitment to Public Allies values and her enthusiasm for bringing alumni together for greater local and national impact, makes her the right leader for Public Allies now.

Board of Directors Releases Second Statement

Public Allies Board of Directors releases second statement, outlining steps they’ve taken to begin the repair and healing process for the Public Allies ecosystem.

Former CEO Resigns from Public Allies

The Public Allies National Board of Directors accepts the resignation of former CEO, Jaime Uzeta. At this time, the Board assumes decision-making authority for the organization until a new CEO is appointed.

Board of Directors Releases First Statement

In response to immense backlash from the network, spearheaded by Save Public Allies, an alumni-led group demanding transparency and accountability, the Public Allies National Board of Directors releases their first statement following the restructure.

Former CEO Announces Organization-Wide Restructure

Former Public Allies CEO Jaime Uzeta announces a restructure, resulting in layoffs impacting 50% of the organization in various communities across the country. The overwhelming majority of layoffs impacted BIPOC staff.