Dr. Alice Palmer obtained her PhD in Educational Administration from Northwestern University, her M.A. in Urban Studies from Roosevelt University, and her B.S. in English from Indiana University. Palmer was the Founding Executive Director of Chicago Cities in School and Creator and Founding Director of the Chicago Metropolitan YMCA Youth and Government Program. From 1991 to 1996 Palmer was an Illinois state senator. In 2005, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich appointed Palmer as an Annuitant Trustee to the University of Illinois.
Palmer was an official of a KGB front group and propagandized for the Soviet Union; Palmer was on the executive board of the U.S. Peace Council, identified by the FBI as a front organization of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) and affiliate of the Soviet front World Peace Council. In 1983, Palmer was listed as a participant in the World Peace Council's Prague assembly. In 1982, FBI official Ed O'Malley had testified that the Soviet intelligence service, the KGB, clandestinely transferred funds to the CPUSA on behalf of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He said the CPUSA was one of the most loyal and pro-Soviet Communist Parties in the world.
Her organization, the Black Press Institute, contributed an article, "An Afro-American Journalist on the USSR," to the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) newspaper the People's Daily World. The article tells how Palmer attended the 27th Congress of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and came away favorably impressed by the Soviet system. The article identified Alice Palmer as being associated with the Black Press Institute and Black Press Review. "Palmer was impressed with the way the Soviet Union has implemented affirmative action in the development of its republics and nationalities," it said. The article went on, "According to Palmer, the Soviets also carry out the principles of affirmative action on an international basis by supporting national liberation movements and economic development in the Third World."