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.
Board of Directors
Edward Wilson, MD, PhD, Chair
Kent Andersen, EdD
Irene S. Blalock
Sidney Brown, PhD
Nicole Bohannon Hampton
Laurel Hitchcock, PhD
Cameron Vowell, PhD
Wayne Flynt, PhD, Emeritus
Leon Frazier, EdD, Emeritus
Ralph Foster, Immediate Past Chair, Ex Officio
Board members can access the board portal here.
ALABAMA POSSIBLE TEAM
Kristina Scott earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Florida and her juris doctor with distinction from Emory University. Before joining Alabama Possible in August 2008, Kristina served as the Managing Attorney for External Affairs at the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office. Kristina’s full bio is available here.
Sarah Banks McFarland
Sarah Banks McFarland is Alabama Possible’s development manager. Sarah is a seventh-generation Alabamian from Eutaw, and she studied at the College of Charleston before earning a degree in restaurant and hospitality management from The University of Alabama. She’s an active member of the Junior League of Tuscaloosa, and she looks forward to building capacity and deepening relationships to break down barriers to prosperity.
Regan Murray is a first-generation college student from Memphis who graduated from UAB with University Honors in sociology. Regan, who plans to attend law school, serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Alabama Possible’s Cash for College and Blueprints College Success Initiatives.
College Access and Success Coordinator
Sara Bright is Alabama Possible’s college access and success coordinator. Sara’s work is rooted in her experiences growing up in Walker County and as a first-generation college graduate. She graduated from Upper Iowa University and has worked in admissions and financial aid at both two- and four-year colleges.
Geren Dunn serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Alabama Possible’s poverty education programs. Geren grew up in Huntsville and graduated from The University of Alabama with a bachelors degree in political science. While in college, he played saxophone with the Million Dollar Band and helped found a chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi, the national honorary band service fraternity.