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ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management holds inaugural Public Allies Arizona graduation

August 02, 2007

The ASU Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management (CNLM) held the inaugural Public Allies Arizona graduation ceremony last Wednesday at the Desert Botanical Gardens.


Public Allies is an AmeriCorps national youth leadership organization that places service-minded young people in apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations throughout the community. It identifies talented young adults from diverse backgrounds and advances their leadership through a 10-month program of full-time, paid apprenticeships in nonprofit organizations, leadership trainings, and team service projects.


The ceremony recognized twelve Public Allies and the twelve Partner Organization nonprofits where the Allies completed their apprenticeships:

Micaela Cheatham, Arizona Spinal Cord Injury Association

Shazi Chiha, Childhelp USA

Jessica Feldman, Valley of the Sun United Way

Rafe Halsey, Riparian Institute

Jolie LaBrot, Arizona Association for Environmental Education

Paula Lowe-Chin, Crittenton Youth Academy

Elizabeth McBride, Communities in Schools of Arizona

Ayensa Millan, Community Legal Services

Emily Nock, Alzheimer’s Association

Akeia Randolph, Beatitudes Center DOAR

Celia Williams, Volunteer Center of Maricopa County

Diana Zaragoza, Valle del Sol


Collectively, the 2006-2007 Allies have served over 24,250 hours and directly impacted more than 12,674 people. Additional 2006-2007 program highlights:

  • Allies have recruited close to 4,000 volunteers who have served 45,685 hours and impacted 3,125 people
  • Allies created 180 new community linkages on behalf of their Partner Organizations representing new opportunities for information sharing, partnerships and collaborative projects
  • In recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Allies picked more than 4,232 pounds of citrus fruit as part of a gleaning project in partnership with Make a Difference and United Food Bank
  • In recognition of Cesar Chavez Day, Allies conducted a book drive and distributed more than 1,500 books to children at Squaw Peak Elementary School in partnership with Communities in Schools of Arizona
  • Allies received 272.5 hours of training on a wide range of topics: nonprofit management, diversity/power and privilege, interpersonal communications, project management, citizenship, leadership and community organizing


Communities In Schools, a 2006-2007 Partner Organization, is returning for the 2007-2008 year, based on its experience with Public Allies.


“This is an outstanding group of individuals who let their beliefs and passions on the inside translate into the work they do on the outside,” said Cassandra Hilpman, director of program services at Communities in Schools. “Public Allies has helped to propel our organization to a deeper level of community impact and interaction, and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for this upcoming year.”


The Arizona State University Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management (CNLM) is recognized as a national leader in undergraduate and graduate nonprofit education. The mission of the Center is to help build the capacity of the social sector by enhancing the effectiveness of those who lead, manage, and support nonprofit organizations. CNLM provides knowledge and tools to build the capacity of nonprofit organizations, professionals, board members, and volunteers by offering research, technical assistance, workshops, conferences, classes, and capacity building programs. For more information, visit:



2007 Public Allies Arizona graduates gathered for a group photo with their Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management program advisors at the inaugural graduation ceremony, held July 25, 2007, at Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. High resolution photo available:



Dr. Robert Ashcraft,


Michelle Lyons-Mayer,



Amy Cox O’Hara,


Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management

Arizona State University

411 N. Central Ave.

Suite 500

Phoenix, AZ 85004