Dr. Alonzo Peterson has been working in the non-profit sector for the last seventeen 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 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 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 101 homeless clients finding employment and 40 finding housing. Recently, his efforts were recognized by Tarrant Churches Together when the agency was awarded the 2018 Connecting for Good Award and he has been named a 2018 Minority Leader in Business by the Fort Worth Business Press and a 2018 Leading the Way finalist for the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition.
Dr. Peterson is a frequent speaker on grant writing, public speaking, non-profit administration, and leadership. He has conducted training with a number of organizations including the University of North Texas, National Coalition of Homeless Veterans, Texas Homeless Network, One Star Foundation, and the Center for Non-Profit Management. His first book on person-organization fit will be published in 2019.
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