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Who is De’Vonna

De’Vonna is a mother, wife, and active community leader committed to standing on the front line.

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

Community Connector

Pittman co-founded the Minnesota Black Author’s expo with the goal of reducing educational inequities, to stimulate income, and to provide a space for community and educators to find black literature. 

De’Vonna’s 17-year career at Hennepin County is expansive. From committee clerk to the Board of Commissioners, to the department of community corrections and public works, she has been a leader people can count on.

In the Department of Corrections, she spent countless hours with community leaders dreaming of ways to re-envision a construction training program for individuals exiting prison so probationers could earn a livable wage while learning construction. 

As a contract analyst in corrections, she managed a budget of over $2.5 million and worked closely with community partners. As a project coordinator, De’Vonna was integral in major projects, including the Twins Stadium. Her work included coordinating community conversations around ADA and accessibility issues and the environmental impact study.  

Since 2013 De’Vonna has hosted countless forums focused on bringing awareness to childhood sexual abuse and to empower women, children, and their families.

As a volunteer mentor at the Hennepin County Home School, she dedicated countless hours to the well-being of county involved youth. 

Recognized Leader

De’Vonna is a recognized community leader who is passionate about connecting people to solutions and resources.

She is a Josie R. Johnson Leadership Fellow who was recently featured in Fearless Commerce, a nationally recognized magazine that elevates Black women business owners through the production of books and live events. 

She currently serves on the American Civil Liberties Union Smart Justice Committee. In the past, she served on the boards of the City of Lakes and Land Trust and The Sexual Violence Center.

Experience that Matters

De’Vonna has spent almost two decades in public service as a voice for marginalized communities. Her expansive experience with Hennepin County and work in the community ranges from handling million dollar budgets and contracts to working with ex-offenders and individuals on probation. 

She understands the underlying issues that affect everyday people and is committed to providing leadership and finding solutions to combat them.

She believes that community members where they live helps empower them to make decisions that reduce inequities and create thriving communities and strong families. 

De’Vonna is also a small business owner, community advocate, and author. She was born and raised in Ford Heights, Il., once deemed the poorest suburb in America. With a population of less than 3,000 residents, she learned the value of community early in life. 

She was raised by her mother who worked two jobs to try and make ends meet. Her mother was also a small business owner of a barbecue joint, where she and her six brothers and sisters learned the value of hard work. 

De’Vonna moved to Minneapolis in 1992. She currently lives in New Hope and has lived in District 1 for the past 12 years.

She graduated from Metropolitan State University with a degree in Criminal justice, and earned her Masters of Science in Law Enforcement Leadership from the University of St. Thomas. 

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3 days ago

People for Pittman
Its time to take a collective breath and look ahead. Join us this Saturday, November 21st, from 11am-1:30pm ET for Love & Democracy: The Women Who Made it Happen. 

We’re telling the real story -- the hard work on the ground, the real threats to our safety, and the stories that the media have missed about the power of organizing and who is behind it. Our goal is to provide a community forum of support, love and hope and healing. Additionally, we will be joined by frontline experts who will share an election analysis and give us a closer look at the role of women and BIPOC communities in this election. Reserve your spot: htbit.ly/3kvvWcI

@voterunlead @owntv @newgeorgiaproject @EmilyForColorado @votolatino @republicanwomenforprogress @ahilldavis @BlackVotersMtr @AdvanceNativePL @shethepeople @peopleforpittman @samraforsenate

It's time to take a collective breath and look ahead. Join us this Saturday, November 21st, from 11am-1:30pm ET for Love & Democracy: The Women Who Made it Happen.

We’re telling the real story -- the hard work on the ground, the real threats to our safety, and the stories that the media have missed about the power of organizing and who is behind it. Our goal is to provide a community forum of support, love and hope and healing. Additionally, we will be joined by frontline experts who will share an election analysis and give us a closer look at the role of women and BIPOC communities in this election. Reserve your spot: htbit.ly/3kvvWcI

@voterunlead @owntv @newgeorgiaproject @EmilyForColorado @votolatino @republicanwomenforprogress @ahilldavis @BlackVotersMtr @AdvanceNativePL @shethepeople @peopleforpittman @samraforsenate
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5 days ago

People for Pittman

The board allocated $8 million of economic support to local restaurants, bars and food service establishments suffering business interruptions due to COVID-19.

Grants up to $15,000 will be available to businesses that are locally owned and operated; have a physical establishment in Hennepin County; have 100 or fewer employees; and have $6 million in annual revenues or less.

Since June, Hennepin County has given out more than $22 million in Small Business Relief grants in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19.
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2 weeks ago

People for Pittman
Veterans are those who stand up and fight.
Because they know this is right.
They cross the bright and shining sea. 
To give us our chance to live and be free.

They leave their families and closest kin.
For God and country our lands they defend. 
It’s time we pay tribute for all they have done.
They are ALL Heroes – each and everyone.

They did not do this for glory or even fame.
They did not set out to be Heroes – but that is their name.

To those many people that are red, white, and blue.

We stand up proudly today and say “THANK YOU!!!”

-Author Unknown

Veterans are those who stand up and fight.
Because they know this is right.
They cross the bright and shining sea.
To give us our chance to live and be free.

They leave their families and closest kin.
For God and country our lands they defend.
It’s time we pay tribute for all they have done.
They are ALL Heroes – each and everyone.

They did not do this for glory or even fame.
They did not set out to be Heroes – but that is their name.

To those many people that are red, white, and blue.

We stand up proudly today and say “THANK YOU!!!”

-Author Unknown
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2 weeks ago

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