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Public Allies Washington D.C. is not currently an active program. We encourage you to stay connected as Alumni or explore opportunities to get involved as Partners.

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.


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?


PADC Alum and Partner Organization featured in November 2019 episode of WETA Arts

Malkia Lydia ’93 was recently profiled on WETA Arts. Malkia, who also served on staff at Public Allies, is producing the REUNION CHOIR documentary about DC’s Eastern High School Choir and its legendary director Joyce Garrett. Scroll to 7:51 to watch WETA’s sneak peak of the film and a profile of the fabulous filmmaker. Hosting partner, The Kennedy Center, is featured in the same episode for its local outreach through “The Reach.” Jamal Childs ‘19 and ‘20, is working on this initiative.

PADC Alum shares the story of his journey towards racial literacy and authenticity

Charles Barrett Adams ’96 is Managing Director of  Lion’s Story. The name is based on a West African proverb that states, “The lion’s story will never be told as long as the hunter is the one to tell it.”

PADC Alumna Lisvette Garcia Acosta ‘14 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.