De'Vonna with her Grandkids

Why I’m Running

Iam running for Hennepin County Commissioner to reduce disparities, increase opportunities, and to make sure everyone in our community has a chance to thrive.

Growing up in the poorest suburb in America, I never imagined myself as someone who could achieve much of anything. The extreme poverty I faced everyday blinded my ability to dream and to imagine what life could be like if greater was possible. 

I now know that with supportive systems in place people can move from poverty to stability because I did it. I believe people can transition from renter to homeowner because I did it. I know people can transition from being unemployed and unskilled to becoming employed and having a career that supports and uplifts their families because I did it. 

When I began my career at Hennepin County as the committee clerk for the Board, I learned how decisions were made and how dollars were spent. Seven voices, seven votes, seven human beings making decisions for people who weren’t in the room. 

In my role as project coordinator for the Minnesota Ballpark Authority I coordinated community engagement sessions where I learned how important it was to bring community members into everything we do, to listen authentically and to understand the voices of the people affected by the county’s decisions and the opportunities their voices provided to improve the County’s work. 

As the Disparity Reduction Coordinator, I’m responsible for taking a critical look at the County’s lines of business and the work happening in areas of education, employment, income, health, housing, justice, and transportation. 

I’m responsible for finding opportunities to fix problems that affect people’s everyday lives by working with staff to develop meaningful work plans built on actionable outcomes.

As an advocate for disenfranchised communities, I have committed the last twenty years of my life in the trenches working to change narratives.

My extensive knowledge of Hennepin County and its complex systems has prepared me to serve as a county commissioner who knows how to get things done. 

I am running to continue doing what I’ve always done, to be a strong voice and advocate for the people who live and work in Hennepin County.  Whether it be affordable housing, property taxes, workforce development, transportation and accessibility or immigration I am prepared and qualified to be your voice and advocate on day one. 

Get to Know De’Vonna

De’Vonna is a skilled bridge builder, communicator, activator, and strategist, who specializes in creating collaborations between communities and government, as well as curating spaces and programs that allow individuals, families, and communities to thrive.

De’Vonna has worked at Hennepin County for over 17 years. Her expansive career includes working as the Committee Clerk to the Board of Commissioners, helping re-envision training programs for individuals exiting prison, as well as coordinating the environmental impact study and community conversations around ADA and accessibility issues for the new Twins stadium. 

As a small business owner, author, and community activist De’Vonna co-founded the Minnesota Black Author’s Expo to provide a space for community and educators to find black literature.

She currently serves on the American Civil Liberties Union Smart Justice Committee and has been recognized as a Josie R. Johnson Leadership Fellow.

Transportation

De’Vonna is committed to taking the lead on engaging community members to talk about the connection between public transportation, the environment, and equity. 

The County needs to make sure public transportation is a realistic option for the people who live and work in District One.

Affordable Housing

A fresh look at affordable housing and equitable funding is a priority for De’Vonna.

New families, individuals entering the workforce, disenfranchised communities, seniors, and immigrants often dish out more than 30% on housing.

Workforce Development

For Hennepin County to have a competitive workforce it needs to reduce employment inequities and create innovative employment and training opportunities.

Invest in De'Vonna

It takes money to run for public office. We need your support to get our message to voters. Your financial contribution will help turn De’Vonna’s vision and leadership for a better Hennepin County into a reality!

Contribution limits are $1,000 per individual or $2,000 per married couple. Contribution to People for De’Vonna Pittman are not tax deductible.

Checks to People for De’Vonna Pitman are appreciated and can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 27639, Minneapolis, MN 55427.

Endorsements

OutFront Minnesota

“...my family is safer because of your local advocacy. I am so grateful… for us to be able to work together as champions for all human rights…”

~ Tamara Grady, she/her/hers, PAC Member

North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters

“We believe you are exactly what District 1 needs. We believe in your leadership and are excited to endorse you for the county board.”

~ Kimberly Nelson, Political Director

Women Winning

“De’Vonna is a skilled bridge-builder, fierce literacy and equity advocate, and dedicated community activist. With her eighteen-year career at Hennepin County in Public Safety, Administration, and Disparity Reduction, De’Vonna will bring invaluable expertise and lived experience to the Board of Commissioners. De’Vonna will work boldly and tirelessly to ensure Hennepin County works for all residents.”

~ Meggie Wittorf, Executive Director

Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation

“Hennepin County will be the epicenter for the critical power building work that needs to happen in this moment in our state.  We look forward to supporting you as a labor-endorsed candidate.”

~ Chelsie Glaubitz, President

LIUNA Minnesota & North Dakota

"LiUNA is one of Minnesota's largest and most active unions. We are proud to support leaders who share our values and priorities: Creating family-sustaining jobs; Protecting working peoples' freedom to negotiate a fair return on work; Providing affordable healthcare and retirement security; and advancing all workers' freedom to prosper. We look forward to working with you." 

~ Kris Fredson, Director of Public Affairs

Teamsters Joint Council 32

"The Teamsters Joint Council 32 is very excited to endorse De'Vonna Pittman to be the next Commissioner from the northern suburbs of Hennepin County. We need strong support on the County Board for workforce development issues and support for workers. We trust De'Vonna to be a great new partner on issues such as training opportunities for youth,  sustainable jobs creation, and funding for our county roads."

~ Edward Reynoso, Political Director

DFL

“I am proud and humbled to have earned the DFL's support. I will work hard to turn out the vote in November and to ensure residents have the quality of life they want and deserve.” 

~ De’Vonna

AFSCME Council 5

AFSCME Council 5 is excited to announce our support for De'Vonna Pittman in Hennepin County to be the next Commissioner for District 1. Our members are proud to support you and we look forward to working with you in the future."

~ Abdul Omar, Political Organizer

Minnesota Chapter of National Organization for Women

"The Minnesota NOW PAC is thrilled to endorse De'Vonna Pittman in her race for the Hennepin County Commissioner. We need leaders who will work for constitutional equity, reproductive rights, and LGBTQIA rights and we are excited to support De'Vonna, who is clearly one of those leaders."

~ Grace Anderson, MN NOW PAC Chair

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3 days ago

People for Pittman
Economic recovery suggests that the economy we had before COVID-19 is one we want to return to. We reject that idea. We demand a reimagining of our economy to create one that truly works for everyone, and that requires reckoning with the racismthat has divided our communities for centuries and fueled the extraction of wealth, hope, and life for far too long.
It is time to reckon with racism, and it’s time to reckon with the truth and rise together.

Please join us on January 15 from noon to 1:00 p.m. for an exclusive virtual screening of our new documentary short film, Reckoning to Rise Together.

The film explores the risks, trials, and triumphs of Jim Mills (J-Klips), Kiara Ellis (The Nail Bar), and Tim Wilson (Urban Lights Music), three Black business owners navigating the pandemic, uprisings, wealth extraction, and racial healing in Minneapolis and St. Paul.  

Following the screening, we will host a moderated discussion with these leaders about the solutions for reimagining our economy and reckoning to rise together.

The event is free, and registration is required: http://bit.ly/3hu3x6Z

Order Local, Order BIPOC / BIPOC-Owned Restaurants
As you Zoom into our noon-time event, we encourage you to enjoy lunch (delivery or curbside pick-up) from one of these fine local, BIPOC-owned eateries! Click here: http://bit.ly/bipoc-eateries

#Reckoning2Rise #HowWeHeal

Economic recovery suggests that the economy we had before COVID-19 is one we want to return to. We reject that idea. We demand a reimagining of our economy to create one that truly works for everyone, and that requires reckoning with the racismthat has divided our communities for centuries and fueled the extraction of wealth, hope, and life for far too long.
It is time to reckon with racism, and it’s time to reckon with the truth and rise together.

Please join us on January 15 from noon to 1:00 p.m. for an exclusive virtual screening of our new documentary short film, Reckoning to Rise Together.

The film explores the risks, trials, and triumphs of Jim Mills (J-Klips), Kiara Ellis (The Nail Bar), and Tim Wilson (Urban Lights Music), three Black business owners navigating the pandemic, uprisings, wealth extraction, and racial healing in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Following the screening, we will host a moderated discussion with these leaders about the solutions for reimagining our economy and reckoning to rise together.

The event is free, and registration is required:

Order Local, Order BIPOC / BIPOC-Owned Restaurants
As you Zoom into our noon-time event, we encourage you to enjoy lunch (delivery or curbside pick-up) from one of these fine local, BIPOC-owned eateries! Click here:

#Reckoning2Rise #HowWeHeal
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3 weeks ago

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1 month ago

People for Pittman

Let's say a special prayer for all of the students.

I miss school for the kids who need it. I miss school for the kids who WANT to get out of their homes.

I miss school for the kids who are being abused EVERY day! I miss school for the children who aren't eating breakfast and lunch!

I miss school for the kids who aren't learning at home. I miss school for the kids who aren't being pushed.

I miss school for all the kids who were already behind before the pandemic.

I miss school for those who HATE math already. I miss school for those who HATE science already.

Yall....I know I'm in the minority, but I really miss school.
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1 month ago

People for Pittman
I’m excited to be a guest speaker for tomorrow’s event!  

Parents, educators, and community, it’s time to leverage youth voices! 

This forum will inspire your children to get involved in public policy and healthy communities early. 

Join us to understand how young people can and should lead in this intersection.

Topic: Youth IMPACT Symposium
Time: Dec 5, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84809510043...
Meeting ID: 848 0951 0043

I’m excited to be a guest speaker for tomorrow’s event!

Parents, educators, and community, it’s time to leverage youth voices!

This forum will inspire your children to get involved in public policy and healthy communities early.

Join us to understand how young people can and should lead in this intersection.

Topic: Youth IMPACT Symposium
Time: Dec 5, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 848 0951 0043
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