HISTORY
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.


VISION
To ensure that all Alabamians have the opportunity to lead prosperous lives.


MISSION
To break down barriers to prosperity in Alabama through education, collaboration, and advocacy.


VALUES
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
Tommy Bice, EdD
Irene S. Blalock
Wendi Boyen
Sidney Brown, PhD
Scott Cole
Sherie Grace
Nicole Hampton
Laurel Hitchcock, PhD
Krysten Holloway
Ron Houston
Sam Parker
Virginia Patterson
Chandra Scott
Jean Shanks
Houston Smith
Jim Spearman
Stacey Torch
Libba Vaughan
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

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.

Sarah Banks McFarland

Sarah Banks McFarland

Development Manager

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

Regan Murray

AmeriCorps VISTA

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.

Sara Bright

Sara Bright

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

Geren Dunn

AmeriCorps VISTA

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.

Colby Leopard

Colby Leopard

Advocacy Coordinator

Alabama Possible’s advocacy coordinator, Colby Leopard, collaborates with internal and external partners to support Alabama Possible’s programs and advocacy activities, administers Alabama Possible’s advocacy programs and bolsters systems leadership, including the Cash for College campaign Colby graduated from the University of Alabama with honors with a degree in public relations.
Jessica Latten

Jessica Latten

Communication Coordinator

Jessica Latten is Alabama Possible’s communication coordinator. Jessica identifies and develops relationships with media personnel, community partners, and agencies to promote our programs and events. A first generation college graduate, Jessica earned her bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and her master’s in business administration from the University of Rochester.
Naomi Thomas

Naomi Thomas

AmeriCorps VISTA

Naomi Thomas serves as an AmeriCorps VISTA with Alabama Possible’s Cash for College program. She grew up in Birmingham, and graduated from Wenonah High School. She earned her associate degree from Lawson State Community College and studies biology and forensic science at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Jaque Gerhold

Jaque Gerhold

AmeriCorps VISTA

North Alabama native Jaque Gerhold will graduate with her bachelor’s degree in social work from Judson College in June 2019. As an AmeriCorps VISTA, Jacque builds capacity for Alabama Possible’s college access and success programs.
Jeremy Arnold

Jeremy Arnold

Congressional Hunger Center Emerson National Hunger Fellow

Jeremy Arnold serves as Alabama Possible’s Congressional Hunger Center Emerson National Hunger Fellow. Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, he graduated from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. Jeremy, a first generation college graduate, worked as a Feeding America Child Hunger Corps member for the past two years to build the child nutrition program capacity in 27 central Pennsylvania counties.