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.

Field Director
Mike Griffin, 

Mike-GriffinMike Griffin is a graduate from the University of Minnesota. He started as an organizer for President Obama in 2008, which gave him extensive experience building ambitious engagement campaigns. Most recently, he served as the director of campaigns with FairVote MN. Before that, he was the lead of the campus program at the University of Minnesota for Minnesotans United for All Families.

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.

Education Organizer
Amber Jones, 

Amber-JonesNative Chicago Southsider Amber is a recent graduate of the University of Minnesota, where she studied African-American & African Studies and Political Science. She has worked in K-12 education as well as in student organizing throughout her tenure at the U of M. Amber is passionate about  using education as a means of change to build power among communities. 

Safety Beyond Policing Organizer
Tony Williams, 

Tony-WilliamsFrom lunch table debates to student council meetings, Tony’s passion for making the world a better place was apparent. After graduating from Southwest High School in Minneapolis, he attended Santa Clara University in California, where he was heavily involved in the Unity 4 movement for racial and gender equity on campus. Following graduation, he returned to Minneapolis and went through the Rising Tides organizer training. He's been involved with NOC ever since.  

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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