Alton Cryer Joins Leadership Memphis Staff

Posted by: Andrew Bartolotta at  Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Leadership Memphis is pleased to announce the hiring of Alton Cryer, who will join the staff as Coordinator for the Memphis Talent Dividend, an action initiative of Leadership Memphis that is the area leader in post-secondary education advocacy, communication, and coordination.

Alton most recently was with the City of Memphis as the Executive Youth Specialist in the Office of Youth Services & Community Affairs. Prior to working for city government, Cryer is also the Vice President and Co-Founder of Setting the Standard Enterprise Corporation which encourages all youth and college students everywhere to make excellence the norm.

As an alum of the Leadership Memphis 2013 Fall FastTrack program, Alton is familiar with the mission of the organization and is eager to now be working alongside the staff with the Memphis Talent Dividend.

“Overcoming the personal struggles accompanied with college access, attainment, and completion myself, I have a unique opportunity to help others with the same challenges to progress in college and their career,” said Cryer.

Because of his breadth of knowledge in mentoring youth and understanding the struggles many face with post-secondary access and completing their degree, as Coordinator of the Memphis Talent Dividend, Alton will work alongside the Director, Renee McCreight, in advancing the goals of MTD, strengthening the relationship with the action initiative’s over 100 higher education and community partners, as well as being an integral part in the annual FAFSA Memphis campaign.

Alton Cryer can be reached at (901) 278-0016 or by email at

To learn more about the Memphis Talent Dividend, please visit

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