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.


Movement Director
Wintana Melekin,

StaffPhoto-Wintana (1 of 1) Wintana Melekin is the Moment 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.

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.

Canvass Director

Sandra Love-Jones, 

Sondra Jones

Sandra Love-Jones is the canvass director here at Neighborhoods Organizing for Change. In 2015 Sandra came on board to NOC through the Target Field campaign where she was one of the temp workers experiencing wage theft. Sandra came on board as a volunteer and through her hard work and passion she got hired on to the canvass team. After eight months of canvassing and completing NOC Leadership Development program (Rising Tide) Sondra was prompted to a geographic organizer for the fight for $15. Now Sandra is the canvass director for NOC and manages our canvass team.

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