Staff

Executive Director
Anthony Newby, anthony@mnnoc.org 

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.

Executive Assistant
Danyele Green, danyale@mnnoc.org

Danyale GreenDanyale Green, has her roots in business administration, finance, and journalism. Social and environmental justice activism is especially close to her heart, but she believes that financial literacy is the most pertinent tool for closing racial disparity gaps. 

Operations Director
Me'Lea Connelly, melea@mnnoc.org  

Operations Director Me'lea ConnellyMe'Lea Connelly comes to NOC from a small business management background and joined NOC as the Operations Director in 2015. She is a singer songwriter and racial equity and education activist in her spare time.

Civic & Political Engagement Director
Wintana Melekin, wintana@mnnoc.org

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@mnnoc.org

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@mnnoc.org 

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, shields@mnnoc.org 

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.

Public Policy Director
Abou Amara, abou@mnnoc.org

StaffPhoto1-Abou

Abou comes to NOC after working as an advisor to former Speaker of the House Paul Thissen. He's the son of immigrant parents from West Africa and serves on the African Immigrant Services of Minnesota Board of Directors. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. 

Economic Justice Organizer
Rod Adams, rod@mnnoc.org 

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.< /p>

Education Organizer
Amber Jones, amber@mnnoc.org 

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. 

Southside Organizer
Tony Williams, tony@mnnoc.org 

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@mnnoc.org

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.

Canvass Co-Director
Tecara Monn, tecara@mnnoc.org

Co-Canvass Director Tecara MonnTecara Monn moved to North Minneapolis after being a lifelong resident of St. Paul in 2015. Her earliest memories of North Minneapolis include driving past the shell of the old NOC office and having a NOC canvasser visit her home to talk about voting rights. She became actively involved with NOC after connecting with the canvass team, where she enjoys building ideas and leading a team of excited people. She is currently the Co-Canvass Director.

Canvass Co-Director 
Sondra Jones, sondra@mnnoc.org

Co-Canvass Director Sonda Jones

Sondra Jones was born and raised on the North side of Minneapolis. She grew up in the foster care system and dreamed of one day making a difference. After working at Target Field for two summers via a temp agency, Sondra got her chanced to stand up and let her voice be heard during NOC's workers rights campaign at the stadium. Sondra joined NOC as a Canvasser, going door-to-door and making phone calls, and is now the Canvass Co-Director.

 


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