We're Recruiting Allies and Partners!

We have a few more openings for Partners and Allies to join this cohort by the end of January. We currently have openings for Allies with work, volunteer and/or life experiences related to volunteer management, college access, and recent immigration. Partner FAQs are here. If you know of Ally candidates or organizations that would be a great fit, please let us know by sending an email to Alphonzo Jackson at

Public Allies is a social justice organization committed to changing the face and practice of leadership by recruiting and training talented young 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 Washington, D.C. is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Our work is made possible through funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Public Allies Washington, D.C.

  • 1900 L Street NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036
  • (202) 683-1301


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?


Two PADC Alumni Featured in November 2019 Episode of WETA Arts

(7:51) A glimpse into a documentary in progress by Malkia Lydia, an alum from the first class of PA who served on staff after her Ally year and came back on board when we relaunched DC in 2010. Reunion is the story about the reunion of an inner city high school choir who won second place in an international music competition in Vienna, and an amazing educator who led them.  The episode also includes a segment on a new extension of the Kennedy Center to reach out to local communities;  One of our Second Years Allies, Jamal Childs, worked on the planning and launch.

OSSE Announces My School DC to Receive Cafritz Award for Team Innovation

PADC Ally Lisvette Garcia Acosta was part of a team that helped launch a system to connect parents with information to choose the best schools for their children.

Today, the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) announced that My School DC, which runs the annual DC common school lottery for public and public charter schools at OSSE, will receive the Team Innovation Award through the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation at the 18th Annual Cafritz Awards Gala on June 20, 2019.

DC Immigration Advocate Named 2017 Legacy of a Dream Recipient

Abel Enrique Núñez, executive director of the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), will be honored as Georgetown’s 2017 John Thompson Jr. Legacy of a Dream Award recipient Jan. 16 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.