In 1993, a group of concerned citizens, including Auburn University President Wilford Bailey, Auburn History Professor Emeritus Wayne Flynt, Social Work Pioneer Eulene Hawkins, and Alabama Baptist Convention President Earl Potts, came together to form Alabama Possible, then known as the Alabama Poverty Project. They joined with others across the South to study poverty, publicize their findings, teach undergraduates what they had learned, and mobilize public policy to bring about systems change. AP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.
To ensure that all Alabamians have the opportunity to lead prosperous lives.
To break down barriers to prosperity in Alabama through education, collaboration, and advocacy.
Equity: All people have the right to a prosperous and meaningful life.
Resiliency: Communities are inherently strong, capable, and in charge of their own futures.
Partnerships: We work together to maximize limited resources.
The Golden Rule: We build relationships based on reciprocity, respect, and compassion.
OUR STRATEGIES FOR CREATING CHANGE
Raising Awareness: Sharing and communicating facts, data, perspectives, and other information to better understand the need for change in Alabama.
Collaborating: Working with faith-based communities, higher education, and other like-minded partners to further our mission, values, and advocacy work.
Capacity Building: Promoting and implementing activities and opportunities for individuals and communities to participate and advocate for change in Alabama.
Edward Wilson, MD, PhD, Chair
Kent Andersen, EdD
Tommy Bice, EdD
Irene S. Blalock
Laurel Hitchcock, PhD
Cameron Vowell, PhD
Wayne Flynt, PhD, Emeritus
Leon Frazier, EdD, Emeritus
Board members can access the board portal here.
ALABAMA POSSIBLE TEAM
Emerson Congressional Hunger Fellow
Mississippi native Jarvis Benson graduated with honors from the University of Mississippi in 2019 with degrees in International Studies and Spanish. As an Emerson National Hunger Fellow, Jarvis will work on informing the communications strategy to create powerful stories that illustrate how 2020 Census outcomes will affect Alabamians across the state.
Sarah Banks McFarland
Mae Whiting recently graduated with her master’s degree in Sociology of Education at New York University, where she studied the intersection of public policy and community voice. Prior to graduate school, she worked with community-based organizations focused on reducing economic inequality and alleviating disparities in education across the southeast. Mae will support postsecondary educational opportunity and attainment as the Research and Data Program Manager.