Executive Team

Paul Schmitz, Chief Executive Officermailto icon

Paul Schmitz is the CEO of Public Allies, which has advanced the leadership of over 5,000 diverse young adults to strengthen communities, nonprofits, and civic participation across the country. He is also the he author of "Everyone Leads: Building Leadership from the Community Up." Paul writes and speaks frequently on leadership, diversity, civic participation, social innovation, collective impact, and community building. He is a faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute, and serves on the boards of Independent Sector, The United Way of Greater Milwaukee, and Voices For National Service. As a private volunteer, Paul co-chaired the 2008 Obama presidential campaign’s civic engagement policy group, was a member of the Obama-Biden Transition Team, and was appointed by President Barack Obama to the White House Council on Community Solutions. Paul is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a recipient of their Graduate of the Last Decade alumni award. He was selected by The Rockefeller Foundation as a Next Generation Leadership Fellow, has been recognized by The Nonprofit Times as one of the 50 most influential nonprofit leaders in the country, and is a recipient of Fast Company magazine’s Social Capitalist Award for innovation. He lives in Milwaukee with his partner and five children.


Cris Ros Dukler, Chief Operating Officermailto icon

Cris to Public Allies brings more than 20 years experience of executive leadership in the nonprofit, public and private sectors. Cris is a reformer who led state regulatory departments in Texas and Wisconsin, and served as COO of a regional nonprofit overseeing an $11 million budget and 400 employees working to improve foster care services in two states. She was a partner in a venture that invented “electronic benefit transfer cards” for distributing government benefits such as food stamps, a change that prevented fraud and enhanced the dignity of users. After the business was sold, Cris joined UPC Health Network, where she directed an $80 million business employing 350 workers in Wisconsin and Illinois. She started a respiratory therapy operation in Illinois that became the most profitable in its company. Cris was an advisory board member of Scholastic, Inc.; has served as a vice chair of Wisconsin Aids Resource Center of Wisconsin, was an advisory board member of Public Allies Milwaukee, and has held several other volunteer roles. A cum laude graduate of the Philippine Normal College in Manila, Cris has a master's in Educational Psychology from the University of Hawaii.




 A community needs Public Allies because people need to be connected to one another in meaningful ways."

-Michelle Dobbs,  Vice-President, Leadership Practice