Onleilove Alston

Faith in New York
Executive Director

Key Topics: Faith-based community organizing, Faith-based advocacy, Dr. King’s Poor People’s campaign, Women and social movements, The role of liberation theology in organizing, Women and mass incarceration.

Bio: Onleilove Alston, M.Div., MSW was born and raised in East New York, Brooklyn. Currently, she is the Interim Executive Director at Faith in New York, an affiliate of the PICO National Network, where she works with a multi-faith and multiracial coalition of over 70 congregations throughout New York City on issues related to economic and racial justice.

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and African-American studies from Penn State University, she completed a year of service with AmeriCorps Public Allies New York. In 2011, she received her Master of Divinity and Master of Social Work degrees from Union Theological Seminary and Columbia University School of Social Work, respectively. An Alumni of The Women’s Campaign School at Yale, Onleilove believes in the unique contributions women bring to political work.

For more than 10 years, Onleilove has worked for various nonprofit organizations such as Sojourners, NY Faith & Justice (as one of the founding Servant Leaders), FPWA, and United Workers. She is a contributing writer for Sojourners magazine and God’s Politics Blog. Onleilove’s writing has also appeared in The Black Commentator, Huffington Post, and NPR’s Onbeing blog, as well in other print and online publications.

In 2014 she launched Prophetic Whirlwind: Uncovering the Black Biblical Destiny an organization dedicated to educating people of faith on the Black Presence in the Bible.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • The Black Madonna’s Magnificat Poor Women & Resistance, 2014 Call to Action Conference.
  • Why Christians Should Care about Ferguson, Q Commons Conference.
  • Implicit Bias, Colorism & Mass Incarceration, The Sojourners Summit  at Georgetown University.