Alison Rapping

Alison J. Rapping

Greater Phoenix Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2021-22, Economic Opportunities Program

CEO, Arouet Foundation, Phoenix, Arizona

Alison Rapping is CEO of the Arouet Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting, mentoring, and training women involved in the justice system. She is also President of Alison Rapping and Associates, a strategy consulting firm that provides consultancy to community benefit organizations in the United States and Africa. A recognized leader in the nonprofit community, she brings more than 25 years of nonprofit experience to her work. She supports nonprofits and community collaborations to be effective, innovative and well-resourced, and specializes in board development, fund development, advocacy, nonprofit management and program design and implementation. Ms. Rapping served as CEO of the Alliance for Arizona Nonprofits, where she oversaw the successful launch of this new statewide organization focused on promoting, supporting, and serving Arizona’s nonprofit community. She invested thirteen years of her professional career with HandsOn Greater Phoenix, a nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing volunteers and developing and managing innovative community programs. While at HOGP, she served on the National Board of Directors for HandsOn Network. On behalf of Hands-on Network, Alison traveled to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Korea, and the Gulf Coast to support and provide organizational development and fundraising training to organizations interested in creating HandsOn Network models of service. Ms. Rapping served as the Vice Chair for the City of Phoenix Commission on Housing and Neighborhoods and has been a member of the City of Phoenix Bond Committee, the Chair of the City of Phoenix CDGB review panel; she has also served on the board of directors for numerous community organizations. She was named one of The Business Journal’s ‘40 Under 40’ emerging leaders. and is a graduate of Valley Leadership. Ms. Rapping received her MPA from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

Alison J. Rapping is a member of the Greater Phoenix Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2021-22. Click here to learn more about local leadership academies in the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network.

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