Chair: Mohamed Mohamed
Mohamed is the Assistant Director of the Council on Black Minnesotans. He has committed to working for economic and political parity for all communities of color. He has played integral roles in several political campaigns in Minnesota and Virginia including the defeat of the Voter Restriction Amendment. Mohamed is actively involved with several local community organizations and serves in the boards of the Young Somali American Advisory Council and Hayaan. He looks forward to working with the board and the membership to expand the footprint of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change.
Treasurer: Maleta "Queen" Kimmons
Kerry Jo Felder
Kerry Jo is a longtime member of NOC and has served as the Education Organizer at one time. She’s currently employed as the Community and Education Organizer at the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation and a member of the North High Community Coalition. She’s also a Sunday School teacher, an Alma Davis Unit member for her church and has volunteered with the following community based campaigns: Save the Kids, Our Vote, Our Future, the Homeowner Bill of Rights, the fast food fight for $15 and a Union, move MPS money from Wells Fargo, Payday loans, immigration reform, $9.50 minimum wage increase and a founder of POCUM (People of Color Union Members).
Manu Lewis was born in Minneapolis and raised in Atlanta, GA. He believes that organizing is the best tool available to bring people and cultures together. His firsthand experience of the criminal justice system makes him a powerful advocate in our police accountability, voting rights and corporate accountability campaigns. He volunteers for Restorative Justice and often goes back into Minnesota prisons and jails to provide resource and inspiration for those most in need. He’s a longtime community leader, organizer and staff person at the Neighborhood HUB and believes in organizing his community to be part of the solution.
Merone Melekin is a recent graduate of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota with a degree in Political Science and African American and African Studies. As an Eritrean American, she brought together her passion for civic engagement and political science with her ethnic identity in order to serve a common purpose and public good. A native to Minnesota's East Side of Saint Paul and Rondo Community, Merone has participated in local community organizing, education advocacy, and civic engagement from a very young age. She seeks to bring the skills of local cultures, local resources and working in solidarity in order to build power.
Kandace Montgomery began organizing in college where she learned about the power of her voice when combined with the voice of her community. She is currently a community organizer at TakeAction MN where she works to build power with leaders of color in order to dismantle structural racism and corporate power. Kandace’s passion to fight injustice began while growing up low-income and one of five kids of color in her hometown in rural Maine and the experiences of oppression she and her family faced there. She is excited to be joining NOC’s board and work to grow our capacity to be a powerful organizing home for people of color and low-income people in the metro area.
Atom Robinson is the Director of Outreach & Campaigns for the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless. Before joining the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless, Atom led organizing efforts for social, racial, and economic justice campaigns with Minnesotans for a Fair Economy, the Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation, and Catholic Charities Office for Social Justice. He is a founding board member of The Lift Garage and a musician. Atom holds a Master’s in Advocacy & Political Leadership from the University of Minnesota--Duluth and Bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He lives in St. Paul with his wife and daughter.
Since Ryan was young he’s always cared about helping his friends, family and loved ones help themselves. This led him to become a social worker, and through his education and work experience he has gained tremendous insight into his privileges and how they can be use to improve our world. For the past six years Ryan has worked in direct social services with individuals experiencing homelessness, mental illness and chemical dependency, as well as in community organizing with individuals in poverty. He believes addressing structural change through all systems is the only way we will achieve the world we all envision, and that becoming a board member at NOC is an honor that will help him continue this fight.
Denise Hanh Huynh