Dr. Peterson has been working in the Dr. Alonzo Peterson has been working in the non-profit sector for the last eighteen years. Alonzo was the Denton County Executive Director with Mothers Against Drunk Driving and helped the organization develop its first statewide volunteer program. He served as the Community Affairs Director for Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance and helped that agency serve 1,000 chronically homeless people a day. He then went on to serve as Site Director with Pleasant Grove Weed and Seed. That initiative helped reduce violent crime in Southeast Dallas by 14%.
Dr. Peterson served as the Executive Director of Giving Hope Inc. and helped the organization triple its budget within three four years while serving those who were homeless and at-risk of being homeless. Dr. Peterson joined the staff of the Leg Up Program in 2017 and re-designed the agency’s life skills program to become employment and housing focused. His efforts at the agency led to a 2% drop in homelessness in the City of Fort Worth. His efforts have led the agency to triple the number of clients they have been able to serve in the last year and has led to over 85 homeless clients finding employment and 40 finding housing. Tarrant County Homeless Coalition awarded Dr. Peterson with its Leading the Way award in 2018. His efforts were recognized by Tarrant Churches Together when he was awarded the 2018 Connecting for Good Award. Dr. Peterson was also honored by the Fort Worth Business Press a Minority Business Leader in 2018.
Dr. Peterson is a frequent speaker on grant writing, public speaking, non-profit administration, and leadership. He has conducted trainings with a number of organizations including the University of North Texas, National Coalition of Homeless Veterans, Interfaith Housing, Texas Association of Non-Profit Organizations (TANO), Texas Homeless Network, One Star Foundation, and the Center for Non-Profit Management. Dr. Peterson currently serves as a trainer for the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs. His first book, Finding Your Fit, was published on Amazon in 2019.
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