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.

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

Virginia Patterson, Chair
Kent Andersen, EdD
Christian Becraft
Tommy Bice, EdD
Natalie Bolling
Wendi Boyen
Ralph Foster
Nicole Hampton
Laurel Hitchcock, PhD
Krysten Holloway
Ron Houston
Chandra Scott
Houston Smith
Jim Spearman
Charles Taylor
Stacey Torch
Archie Tucker, II, PhD
Jason Vandiver
Libba Vaughan
Edward Wilson, MD, PhD
Wayne Flynt, PhD, Emeritus
Leon Frazier, EdD, Emeritus

Board members can access the board portal here.


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.

Manisha Mishra

Program Director

Program Director Manisha Mishra leads all of Alabama Possible’s poverty education and educational attainment programs. She joins Alabama Possible following 15 years’ service at Miles College as the director of student activities, first-year enrichment program manager, and English instructor. She also worked as an advertising manager and editor at the Times of India. Manisha earned a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from BJB College in Bhubaneswar, India, and a master’s in English from Utkal University Bhubaneswar, India.

Kristie Nix Moorer

Development Director

Development Director Kristie Nix Moorer leads all development activities. Before joining Alabama Possible, Kristie served as the development director of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society and the YMCA of Greater Birmingham.

Kristie is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE)She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in International Business/French and completed graduate coursework in Education at UAB.

Mae Whiting

Data and Research Manager

Mae advocates for equitable education outcomes by managing Alabama Possible’s data and research initiatives. Prior to joining the team, Mae received her master’s degree in Sociology of Education and held positions in advocacy, research, and policy roles seeking to address disparities in education and health outcomes across the South. She is interested in the way activism and community voice intersect with research and public policy. In addition to working at Alabama Possible, she serves as the Development Strategist on the Advisory Board at Teens Take Charge, a student-led movement working to ensure student voices are prioritized in educational policy decisions. In her free time, Mae enjoys running trails, practicing yoga, and visiting public libraries around the country.

Keila Lawrence

Peer Advisor

Keila helps students achieve their college dreams as Alabama Possible’s the college transition peer advisor. She serves as a resource to recent high school graduates planning to attend college in the fall. She graduated from Miles College with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and is pursuing a master’s degree in intercultural and international communication at American University. During college, she served as a first-year enrichment mentor, Jumpstart mentor, and Student Government Association president. In her spare time, she serves as a Bee the Difference Scholarship board member.

Brittany George

Peer Advisor

Brittany George is a senior at Troy University, where she will earn a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a minor in Interpreter Training, Criminal Justice, and Civic Engagement. During her time on campus, she served as a student missionary, where she worked directly with low-income people.