Public Allies Arizona announces Class 14, welcoming 15 emerging young leaders to the program

Public Allies Arizona announces Class 14, welcoming 15 emerging young leaders to the program

Sept. 19, 2019 (Phoenix, Ariz.) – The ASU Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation is pleased to announce the launch of the 14th year of its Public Allies Arizona program. Class 14 includes 15 emerging young leaders who were selected to advance the mission of creating a just and equitable society and the diverse leadership to sustain it.   

During the program, they develop leadership skills, gain professional experience, and make lasting connections in the community and with their cohort. Allies are diverse and passionate individuals interested in social change and making a positive impact in their community.

Class 14 of Public Allies Arizona includes:

  • Samira Amin, Thunderbird Charities
  • Ariel Baber, Anthony Bates Foundation
  • Brittany Bradley, ASU Public Service Academy 
  • Fernando Ayala Carvajal, Rebuilding Together Valley of the Sun
  • Kristina De Luna, YWCA
  • Ekklesia Garcia, AZCEND- Chandler
  • Julie Heineking, Human Services Campus
  • Melanie Herrmann, YWCA
  • Brittany Howard, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix
  • Eboney Nelson, UMOM
  • Greggory Ohannessian, Ridgeline Academy
  • Kyah Recard, Boys & Girls Clubs of of Metro Phoenix
  • Carlos Castillo Rodriguez, AZ Commission for Post-Secondary Education
  • Julie Swaine, Human Services Campus
  • Nga (Ana) Vu, Human Services Campus

This year’s class includes participants from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Public Allies Arizona is changing the face and practice of leadership throughout Phoenix communities by demonstrating our conviction that everyone can lead, and that lasting change results when citizens of all backgrounds step up, take responsibility and work together.

The program, beginning in September, is an AmeriCorps program that places dedicated, service-minded young individuals in paid 10-month apprenticeships at local nonprofit partner organizations.

For additional information regarding any of the ASU Lodestar Center’s programs, visit If you have questions, please call 602.496.0500 or email


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