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
Sidney Brown, PhD
Nicole Bohannon Hampton
Laurel Hitchcock, PhD
Cameron Vowell, PhD
Edward Wilson, MD, PhD
Wayne Flynt, PhD, Emeritus
Leon Frazier, EdD, Emeritus
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.
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.
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.
Cash for College Birmingham Coordinator
Jasmine Shaw, a Birmingham native with a passion for youth development, earned a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies from Auburn University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
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.
AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer
Jason Gardner grew up in Alabaster and studied at The University of Alabama. As an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer, he has found his calling as an educator and plans to complete his degree after his year of service.