2013 PTA Emerging Minority Leaders Conference—Keynote Speaker Alma Powell
Alma J. Powell
Chair, America’s Promise Alliance
Alma J. Powell serves as board chair of America’s Promise Alliance, an organization committed to seeing that children experience the Five Promises – the fundamental resources they need to succeed. With more than 400 national partners, America’s Promise is currently leading a ten-year campaign, called Grad Nation, which mobilizes Americans to end the dropout crisis.
Mrs. Powell was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010 to be a member of the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities. She resigned from her position at the end of 2012. Mrs. Powell currently sits on the boards of several educational, cultural, charitable and civic organizations, including serving as chair of the advisory board for Civic Change, Inc. and a member of the YouthBuild USA Advisory Board. Mrs. Powell also serves as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors’ Committee of Community & Friends for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Mrs. Powell is the recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Emerson College, an Honorary Doctor of Humanities from Shenandoah University, and the Civic Change Award from the Pew Partnership for Civic Change. She has been honored as Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine and has received the Leadership Award from the Women’s Center in Virginia. She is also a successful author of two children’s books. Mrs. Powell has been married to Gen. Colin Powell since 1962.