Executive Director
Anthony Newby, 

Newby2Anthony began his organizing career in disaster relief, helping create an innovative social media platform to deliver aid in the wake of a tornado that devastated North Minneapolis in 2011.  He then worked to leverage the local Occupy movement into what became Occupy Homes MN, one of the most dynamic movement organizing models in the country. He has since worked to grow NOC into a intersectional movement hub and one of most compelling black and people of color-led community organizations in the nation.


Civic & Political Engagement Director
Wintana Melekin,

StaffPhoto-Wintana (1 of 1) Wintana Melekin is the Civic and Political Engagement Director at NOC. After the murder of Trayvon Martin and attending rallies and protests, she realized her passion was in community organizing. Her activism is now centered around creating public policy led by communities searching for justice.

Communications Director
Becky Dernbach,

Becky-DernbachBecky Dernbach is a 2008 graduate of Carleton College who came to NOC through her work with Occupy Homes MN, where she got hooked on using storytelling to change narratives and public policy. She is also the author of Fannie and Freddie, a rhyming picture book about the housing crisis.

Deputy Field Director
Anthony Shields, 

Anthony-ShieldsAnthony Shields is a graduate of University of Minnesota Twin Cities with a major in Youth Studies. During college, he  was involved in leadership roles within racial equity and Black student group. While fighting for social justice, Shields expresses himself through spoken word and visual art. 

Economic Justice Organizer
Rod Adams, 

Rod-Adams-2Originally from Chicago, Rod Adams came to NOC through NOC Rising Tides Community Organizer Training, hoping to gain the skills he needed to be a force for change here in Minneapolis. Rod grew in this role and served as the Canvassing Director before becoming the Economic Justice Organizer.


Environmental Justice Organizer
Janiece Watts,

Janiece WattsJaniece is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she studied Political Science and Environmental Science, Policy and Management. She has 8 years of organizing and management experience. To her environmental justice exists at the intersection of human rights, worker's rights, food justice; and solutions are to be found in partnerships, open dialogues with community, and policy. Janiece has worked in nonprofit and governmental settings and she hopes to bridge these connections with the HERC and Clean Power Plan coalitions.


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