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.
Boards 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
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.
Jeannine Oliver, a native of Pennsylvania, graduated from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Before coming to Alabama Possible, she spent 11 years at M-POWER Ministries.
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.
AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
Regan Murray is a first-generation college student from Memphis who will graduate from UAB with university honors in sociology in 2018. Regan, who plans to attend law school, serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Alabama Possible’s Cash for College and Blueprints College Success Initiatives.