Maleta "Queen" Kimmons -- Chair
Maleta Kimmons is the Executive Director of One Family One Community since 2006. As an organizer, she has worked on many issues related to housing, foreclosures, anti-eviction campaigns, job creation, and has advocated for desegregation efforts in schools and housing. She sits on the board of Neighborhoods Organizing for Change and has worked closely with many community groups, including the Metropolitan Interfaith Council for Affordable Housing, Habitat for Humanity, and Neighborhood Community Engagement Commissions. Her grassroots organizing centers around homeless populations, ex-offenders, low-earning Black American families, and other marginalized and undeserved groups; her work centers around the provision of equal access and opportunity in housing, education, jobs, and economic development for these groups.
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.
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.