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 remove barriers to prosperity in Alabama through education, collaboration, and advocacy.

Boards of Directors

Ralph Foster, Chair
Fightress Aaron
Irene S. Blalock
Sidney Brown, PhD
Nicole Bohannon
Wendi Boyen
Scott Cole
Laurel Hitchcock, PhD
Elliot Lauderdale, PhD
Sam Parker
Virginia Patterson
Joey Pierson
Richard Rice
Chandra Scott
Houston Smith
Libba Vaughan
Edward Wilson, MD, PhD
Wayne Flynt, PhD, Emeritus
Leon Frazier, EdD, Emeritus


Kristina Scott

Kristina Scott

Executive Director

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.

Ashleigh Staples

Ashleigh Staples

Statewide Initiatives Coordinator

Ashleigh Staples, a native of Alabaster, graduated with university honors and honors in political science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2016.

Keslie Boyles

Keslie Boyles

College Access Program Coordinator

Keslie Boyles, a native of Russellville, Alabama, graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s of arts in Psychology (2011) and Master of Public Administration from Troy University (2015).