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.
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.