Who We Are
Public Allies Milwaukee is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. We’re changing the face and practice of leadership in Milwaukee since 1994.


About Us
We’re changing the face and practice of leadership in Milwaukee. At Public Allies Milwaukee, we believe changing times call for a new kind of leadership. Since 1994, we’ve developed over 400 young leaders. Allies are young, diverse, and passionate social change makers who have supported community projects in partnership with over 125 local nonprofit organizations.

Our Allies change their lives and our community through a rigorous AmeriCorps program that combines full-time, paid apprenticeships in nonprofits with intensive skills training, active community-building projects, personalized coaching and critical reflection. We provide all of this through a nationally recognized approach that’s rooted in a practice of values.

Everyone leads… and we walk the talk. Our Allies are ages 18 to 30+, and over 65% are people of color, over 15% identify as LGBTQ, and 58% are college graduates. Allies are of and for our local community, and they share a deep commitment to strengthening Milwaukee. 95% of Allies upon graduation report that they would participate in the program again if they could.

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735 N. Water St., Suite 550
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: (414) 273-0533

Ava Hernandez, Executive Director
(414) 831-0975

Charmaine Harris, Program Manager
(414) 831-0976

Nanis Rodriguez, Program Manager
(414) 831-0965

Organizations That Have Hosted Public Allies Milwaukee AmeriCorps Allies
AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin
ArtWorks for Milwaukee
Aurora Walker's Point Community Clinic
Boys and Girls Club
Center for Teaching Entrepreneurship
Community Justice Council
Girls Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast
Great Lakes Hemophilia Foundation
Great Schools
Greater Milwaukee Foundation
Hunger Task Force
Impact 211
International Institute of Wisconsin
Journey House
Make a Difference Wisconsin
Nonprofit and Public Sector Education
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Pan African Community Center
Select Milwaukee
Sojourner Family Peace Center
United Way of Greater Milwaukee
Urban Underground