Blair Mishleau – Technology Specialist KIPP DC: Heights Academy
Blair Mishleau teaches technology at KIPP DC: Heights Academy, where he works with 415 amazing elementary school students. Before that, he taught in Minneapolis through TFA. He’s an Institute junkie (SOM and CMA @ Tulsa!); has a degree in digital journalism and American Sign Language at Columbia College Chicago and loves grammatical symbols like the ampersand.
Nathaniel Cole – Executive Director Urban Alliance
Nathaniel Cole joined Urban Alliance as a Program Coordinator in April 2010. He graduated from the University of Maryland College Park in 2009 with a double major in Sociology and Communication. In 2011, he received his Master’s degree in Public Administration from University of the District of Columbia. Prior to joining Urban Alliance, Nathaniel worked with the Boys & Girls Club, YMCA DC Youth & Government Program, and various local youth organizations. Internationally, he worked in London for the City of Westminster’s Children and Youth Services, allowing him to gain a wider perspective on youth programming and community development. Nathaniel is committed to Urban Alliance’s mission and inspiring youth to lead a life of self-sufficiency.
General Colin Powell & Alma Powell – Founding Chairman/ Board Chair America’s Promise Alliance
Under the leadership of our Founding Chairman, General Colin Powell, and our current Board Chair, Alma Powell, America’s Promise Alliance has become the nation’s largest partnership focused on the well-being of our young people.
For the past decade, Colin and Alma Powell have generously committed their time, energy, creativity, financial resources and leadership to improving the lives of our nation’s children through the America’s Promise.
From 1997 to 1999, the work of America’s Promise and General Powell revolved around continuing the clarion call that young people must become our urgent national priority. America began to respond. Governors launched new, statewide Promise efforts. Corporate leaders undertook or expanded volunteer and philanthropic initiatives for young people, and served as community champions. Elected officials at every level embraced the principles and agenda articulated at the Summit.
Today, America’s Promise encompasses more than 380+ partner organizations representing the business community, nonprofits, communities and policymakers.
Mrs. Powell has been chair of America’s Promise since 2004 and has spent the last four decades advocating for the needs of young people and encouraging Americans at home and abroad to engage in volunteer service. She also chairs the advisory board for the Pew Center for Civic Change, and from 1989 to 2000 served as the chairman of the National Council of the Best Friends Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of young girls. She is the author of two children’s books, My Little Wagon and America’s Promise, which were published in 2003.
“Everyone, both big and small, can pull their weight, and ensure that the hopes and dreams of every child become realities.” – Alma Powell