Alma Powell serves as board chair of America’s Promise Alliance, whose mission is to forge a strong and effective partnership alliance committed to seeing that children experience the Five Promises with the fundamental resources they need to succeed at home, in school and in the community. Mrs. Powell sits on the boards of several educational, cultural, charitable and civic organizations, including serving as chair of the advisory board for Civic Change, Inc. Mrs. Powell also serves on the YouthBuild USA Advisory Board. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Civic Change Award from the Pew Partnership for Civic Change. She has been honored as Washingtonian of the Year by The Washington magazine and has received the Leadership Award from the Women’s Center in Virginia. She has been married to General Colin Powell since 1962.
Alma and Colin Powell were the recipients of the 2010 John W. Gardner Leadership Award.