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
Kent Andersen, EdD
Irene S. Blalock
Wendi Boyen
Sidney Brown, PhD
Scott Cole
Sherie Grace
Nicole Bohannon Hampton
Laurel Hitchcock, PhD
Krysten Holloway
Sam Parker
Virginia Patterson
Chandra Scott
Jean Shanks
Jim Spearman
Houston Smith
Stacey Torch
Libba Vaughan
Cameron Vowell, PhD
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.
Jeannine Oliver

Jeannine Oliver

Operations Director

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.
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.
Keslie Boyles

Keslie Boyles

College Access Program Coordinator

Keslie Boyles, a native of Russellville, Alabama, graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Public Administration from Troy University.
April Davis

April Davis

AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer

AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer April Davis is a a first-generation college graduate from Mobile. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social work from the University of Montevallo and plans to pursue her master’s degree.