Alma Powell is Chair of the Board of Directors of America’s Promise Alliance, leading the 350+ partner network’s efforts to improve the lives of young people by connecting more of them with the resources essential for success. She also helps guide its GradNation Campaign, an initiative to raise the nation’s high school graduation rate to 90 percent by 2020.
Mrs. Powell is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors’ Committee of Community & Friends for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the honorary chair of the DC Promise Neighborhood Initiative. She has served as the chairman of the National Council of the Best Friends Foundation and was a member of President Barack Obama’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities from 2010 to 2012.
Having married Colin Powell in 1962, Mrs. Powell spent 33 years raising a family and accompanying her husband on his various military assignments in the United States and overseas. While her husband was stationed at the Pentagon, she served as the Army liaison to the National Red Cross as part of a team of volunteer consultants from the military services. During Gen. Powell’s tenure as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, she was the Advisor to the Red Cross of the Military District of Washington. Most recently, during her husband’s tenure as the 65th Secretary of State, Mrs. Powell served as the honorary president of the Associates of the American Foreign Service Worldwide.