About: Alison Rapping

Alison J. Rapping is a consultant serving nonprofit organizations and community initiatives. She provides services in the areas of leadership development, nonprofit capacity building and organizational effectiveness, fundraising and resource development and facilitation of community initiatives. She serves as both a consultant and facilitator. A recognized leader in the non-profit community, she brings more than 19 years of non-profit experience to her role. She has been is responsible for providing the strategic direction for organizations, managing an extensive volunteer structure including the Board of Directors, and creating and implementing fund raising plans and raising the resources to support year-round programs and activities.  Alison has worked extensively in the nonprofit and community development sectors. She has been the Executive Director of Valley Leadership, the Executive Director of VisionQuest 20/20 and 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 11 years of her professional career with Hands on Greater Phoenix, (formally Make A Difference), a nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing volunteers and developing and managing innovative community programs.  While at Hands on Greater Phoenix, she facilitated the growth of the organization from a very small start up to a $1.2 million organization offering a wide-range of programs and services. She currently serves as a consultant to the Southern Public Defender Training Center (located in Atlanta, GA), the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and HandsOn Network. She also serves on the Leadership Team of the Maricopa County Experience Matters Consortium and as a national member of the Board of Directors of VisionQuest 20/20. In 2005 and 2006, on behalf of Hands on Network, Alison traveled to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Korea, and the Gulf Coast to support and provide fundraising/ resource development training to organizations interested in creating Hands On Network models of service.  Before moving to Arizona to run Hands on Greater Phoenix, Alison was a Legislative Fellow at the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security.  Ms. Rapping has served as the Vice Chair for the City of Phoenix Commission on Housing and Neighborhoods, been a member of the City of Phoenix Bond Committee, Chair of the City of Phoenix CDGB review panel, and served on the Board of Directors for Hands On Network.  She was named one of the inagual members The Business Journal’s ‘40 Under 40’ emerging leaders in 2002 and is a graduate of Valley Leadership Class XX. Ms. Rapping received her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  Passions: Inspiring people, building community, Vinyasa Flow and Power Yoga, Steeler Football, books, coffee, conversation, news, politics and public affairs, dogs! (have 3 beauties)

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