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
Christian Becraft
Tommy Bice, EdD
Irene S. Blalock
Wendi Boyen
Scott Cole
Ralph Foster
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

Board members can access the board portal here.

ALABAMA POSSIBLE TEAM

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.

Jarvis Benson

Emerson Congressional Hunger Fellow

Mississippi native Jarvis Benson graduated with honors from the University of Mississippi in 2019 with degrees in International Studies and Spanish. As an Emerson National Hunger Fellow, Jarvis will work on informing the communications strategy to create powerful stories that illustrate how 2020 Census outcomes will affect Alabamians across the state.

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.

Mae Whiting

Program Manager

Mae Whiting recently graduated with her master’s degree in Sociology of Education at New York University, where she studied the intersection of public policy and community voice. Prior to graduate school, she worked with community-based organizations focused on reducing economic inequality and alleviating disparities in education across the southeast. Mae will support postsecondary educational opportunity and attainment as the Research and Data Program Manager.