Everyone Leads

aka Public Allies   |   Milwaukee, WI   |


Public Allies' mission is to create a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it. We are changing the face and practice of leadership in communities across the country by demonstrating our conviction that everyone can lead, and that lasting social change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility, and work together.

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Mr. Jaime Ernesto Uzeta

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735 N Water Street Suite 550

Milwaukee, WI 53202 USA

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Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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Public Allies Signature Ally Program

Public Allies’ signature AmeriCorps program is a dynamic pipeline for talented young people from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds to emerge as community leaders. We identify talented young adults who not only come from the communities in which they serve, but who are committed to serving their communities in the future. More than 7,000 Allies have completed our program with over 75% continuing careers in community and public service.

The Allies serve full-time for ten months at a nonprofit organization, and develop their leadership skills through a rigorous weekly leadership development curriculum, networking with local community leaders and team service projects. Allies are placed with a nonprofit where they meet critical community needs such as youth development, education, workforce development, environmental issues, arts programming and community health. Our Alumni are more than twice as likely as their peers to volunteer, mentor and participate in political and civic activities.

As a supplement to the AmeriCorps program, Public Allies offers the Pathways Program, which adds an additional year of post­-graduation supports and transforms national service into a seamless bridge to college and career. The Pathways Program includes a series of trainings, activities, and programmatic interventions that are designed to help Allies identify and make progress in career and educational goals.

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Public Allies aims to develop results-focused, values-driven leaders who build effective nonprofit and public sector organizations and bring together diverse people to advance solutions to pressing community needs.We want to infuse local communities with indigenous leadership talent that helps pull the right people and resources together to tackle problems and create brighter futures for communities.

Public Allies employs two integrated strategies to change the face and practice of leadership: 1) The Public Allies signature AmeriCorps Ally Program identifies diverse young adults and prepares them for leadership through paid full-time nonprofit apprenticeships and rigorous leadership training. 2) Public Allies' Alumni Programs connect and engage our growing network of diverse leaders. Our alumni strategy focuses on 1) creating opportunities for alumni to participate in and support the Ally program and 2) investing in alumni to achieve high impact as social entrepreneurs, nonprofit leaders, public policy advocates and community leaders in other positions. Our Approach Core to our work of developing results-focused, values-driven leaders is our approach to national service and leadership development which is distinct from other programs. We believe that more diverse, inclusive, collaborative, asset-based leaders committed to continuous learning and integrity will better engage communities to solve problems. We recruit diverse, young adults who are from the communities where we work and help them develop skills to be effective community-builders. As part of Public Allies' paid 10-month apprenticeship, Allies serve in full-time positions at local nonprofits, participate in regular leadership and professional development trainings, and design and implement team service projects. Our Allies and staff are committed to careers working for community and social change. Public Allies helps dozens of local nonprofit organizations in each community access federal funds and human capital to expand and improve their services. Our leadership curriculum is at the cutting edge of leadership theory and practice. The curriculum is grounded in values that help leaders engage all kinds of people and offers a blend of individualized and group learning that applies the best practices of leadership development and adult education. Public Allies does service with communities, not to communities. Public Allies practices our asset-based approach to community leadership by engaging people from our communities to serve with us.

Public Allies has a proven program model with three-fold impact: (1) builds the capacity of nonprofit organizations, (2) expands and improve services to meet local needs, and (3) develops leaders committed to a lifetime of working for community and social change. In addition, we have a growing network of 21 Public Allies sites around the country implementing our signature Ally apprenticeship which includes partnerships with 17 local universities and nonprofit organizations. These partnerships build local capacity, strengthen management, deliver consistent program quality, leverage trusted brands, and streamline costs. We have strong local networks with more than 400 nonprofit organizations work with us to develop talent and engage young people to address community issues. Other key assets include: A National staff of 21, local staff of 72 and a national budget of more than $14.1 million, a board of directors with representation from the public and private sectors.A growing Alumni Network with more than 3,800 Public Allies alumni across the countryTurning the Tides partnership with the Alliance for Children and FamiliesNational partnerships with Citizen Schools, the YMCA and the United States Tennis Association (USTA)CEO, Paul Schmitz chairs the Nonprofit Workforce Coalition and co-chairs Voices for National ServiceCEO, Paul Schmitz's book, Everyone Leads: Building Community Leadership from the Bottom Up, is complete and slated for publication in October 2011.

RESULTS Allies are diverse. More than 67% are people of color, 60% are women, 50% college graduates and 15% LGBT.Allies have served more than 285,000 people per year through their work at local Partner Organizations and team service projects.More than 90% of Partner Organizations report that Allies met or exceeded their goals and expectations.More than 80% of Allies demonstrated gains in leadership skills and self confidence.Nonprofits hosting an Ally saved more $20,000 annually considering what it would cost to do the same work without Public Allies. Nationally, Allies will save nonprofits more than $12 million this year.67% of alumni are still in communities where they served with Public Allies.More than 75% of Public Allies graduates have continued careers in nonprofit and public service. Their level of civic, political, and volunteer activity more than doubles their age cohort.Received the Pew Center for Civic Change's prestigious Civic Change Award in 2006 and Fast Company Social Capitalist Award in 2008. Best Practices honored by McKinsey & Company, Bridgespan Group, Cisco, AmeriCorps, and others. What haven't we accomplished yet? Clear community impact goals at the local levelTools and systems for effectively measuring our success in building the organizational capacity of our local Partner OrganizationsDeep and wide grasp of the current impact of our alumni on communities



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Board of directors
as of 02/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kanwar Singh

Merrill Lynch Private Banking & Investment Group

Kanwar Singh

Merrill Lynch Private Banking & Investment Group

Jason Scott

Encourage Capital

Robert Ashcraft

Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation

Chanda Smith Baker

Pillsbury United Communities

Christopher Besendorfer

American Express

Angela Dorn

Single Stop

Leif Elsmo

University of Chicago Medical Center

Bill Graustein

William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund

Dorothy Stoneman

YouthBuild USA

Shefon Taylor

City of Wilmington Office of Arts, Culture, and Public Affairs

Lisa Woodruff-White

East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court, Division B

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 08/14/2020

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/14/2020

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  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.