Board of Directors














Dr. Eleanor Coleman

As a resident and former Minneapolis Public Schools educator, I have a deep commitment particularly, to seeing North Minneapolis become a thriving community where young people are nurtured and are provided the opportunity to Grow to their fullest potentials.











                                                Roger Corbin



Roger Corbin

I have had a long interest in racial reconciliation, growing up in a military family in many diverse paces around the country.  My interest in Hope United CDC's mission was born out of my concern for the persistent disparities in education and employment in North Minneapolis.  I hope to use my experience in psychology, healing ministry and management consultation to advance the unique mission of Hope United CDC.

                                         











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Wokie Freeman

As the University of Minnesota's urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center's (UROC) assistant executive director of operations and programs, I am responsible for facilitating the work of UROC research and outreach programs, while making connections between those programs and community partners, Particularly in North Minneapolis.  I have a passion for connect











                                                

                                            Lonnie Humphrey

The community of North minneapolis is a place that is very important and very close to my heart.  I grew up in an area where justice was not balanced at all for minority citizens.  My parents raised us to to be a family that focuses on what is right, just and equal for all.  My father started a newspaper called the "Challenger" that exposed issues and challenged the status quo back in the seventies.  This helped to shape my point of view.  I have seen some of the inequities that have taken place in North Minneapolis.  God has placed challenging the current system on my heart.  I want to be involved in a Christ-centered movement that will enhance the current environment and opportunities in North Minneapolis










                                             

                                               


                                                      Jon Kramka

My interest in North Minneapolis- it starts in our name - "Hope united" - a vision of a community that inspires hope and collectively strives for all its members to experience their God given dignity and destiny, equal  opportunity, purpose, health, and safety.  It is also personal as North Minneapolis is home for me and my family.













                                                 Cecilia Williams

The Reverend Cecilia Williams, a North Minneapolis homeowner is a national church leader serving as Director of LMDJ Ministry Initiatives for the Evangelical Covenant Church.






Vision:

North Minneapolis is “a thriving and vibrant community that is a great place to live, work, play, and worship”

Mission:
Hope United CDC is a “Catalyst of Hope in North Minneapolis – connecting people, organizations and resources to transform our community for Good

 

 

 

In his 2012 State of the City Speech, Mayor R.T. Rybak described North Minneapolis as a critical component to the health and growth of the City. http://www.minneapolismn.gov/mayor/news/speeches/WCMS1P-091007
That means the North-side will impact the entire region of  2.9 million people.  Many have written off the North-side.  I recently took a look at  what "About.com" has to say.  Check it out for yourself.  When they advise people where to live, North Minneapolis is not on the list.  In fact, they steer people away from the area that the Mayor and City Planners say is vital to the welfare of the City and they do so for what many consider obvious reason.  But, God is 
moving in North Minneapolis and changes are underway.
 
Indeed, many, many north-side residents, nonprofits, businesses and leaders are declaring a vision of hope.  Others see it too.  There is a growing understanding that actualization of the vision demands a cooperative response in which the local community is supported by others throughout the region.  And...., it starts with and among followers of Jesus Christ.
 
Many people are working and praying daily for the good of this community and they share a hope that a change will come.  But, for positive change to occur, those who embrace hope must connect and unite in faith and works.  We are committed to being catalysts of this hope and the relationships through which many will stand united.  Together we can and will do it.

A Word From Our Executive Director

                 Richard H. Coleman