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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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2 days ago

People for Pittman

Meet us on West Broadway for the clean up.

Yall, we are not okay in Minnesota.

If you live in Minneapolis and you can help, meet us on Broadway in North Minneapolis.

We are meeting by the skate park next to Juxta at 10 am.

If you can bring heavy duty trash bags, water, brooms, snacks, #GOODVIBES.

We will get through this together, with everyone doing their part.

It’s action time.
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You know if it was possible I would be right there with you sis!♥️♥️♥️

2 days ago

People for Pittman
On May 25 George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis Police Officer. When the bystander video was released, it was horrific. We saw a man’s last breath being forced from his body. It shook us to our core. 

The deaths of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile numbed us, but this...this for a lot of people was the last straw. As a result our state is in turmoil. Protests and civil unrest have ensued. 

People are exhausted. It’s exhausting. No one wanted it to come to this. 
Right now things seem out of control, but they’ve been that way. 

We need Mike Freeman to follow through immediately with the investigation and charge the former officer(s) as soon as possible.

The county has to reconsider its priorities. What we have done is just not enough, and we’ve been spinning our wheels for far too long. 

All leaders must take a stand to speak out against the death of George Floyd and commit to a productive path forward. 

The looting is a result of a deeper issue, it is poverty, mental health, homelessness, and unaddressed structural racism, among other things. 

As a good friend said, the roots of this are deep!

On May 25 George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis Police Officer. When the bystander video was released, it was horrific. We saw a man’s last breath being forced from his body. It shook us to our core.

The deaths of Jamar Clark and Philando Castile numbed us, but this...this for a lot of people was the last straw. As a result our state is in turmoil. Protests and civil unrest have ensued.

People are exhausted. It’s exhausting. No one wanted it to come to this.
Right now things seem out of control, but they’ve been that way.

We need Mike Freeman to follow through immediately with the investigation and charge the former officer(s) as soon as possible.

The county has to reconsider its priorities. What we have done is just not enough, and we’ve been spinning our wheels for far too long.

All leaders must take a stand to speak out against the death of George Floyd and commit to a productive path forward.

The looting is a result of a deeper issue, it is poverty, mental health, homelessness, and unaddressed structural racism, among other things.

As a good friend said, the roots of this are deep!
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The black race has waited too long for justice, and in the end its just us. A change is coming...not in the next century, but its coming now. How long must we be the oppressed?

I personally know the bystander who recorded the video...I wonder if an eye witness testimony would count, since they are trying to challenge the validity of the the video!

3 days ago

People for Pittman
It is smart for all communities to have well balanced political leaders. I believe De’Vonna Pittman will bring forth experiences of a solid business acumen, fresh ideas, and experiences for a much needed and balanced seat at the table.

Knowing De’Vonna personally, some of her early life roots are ingrained in stories of adversity and hardships. Today, her education, business mind, and career background highlight the strengths she possess necessary to become county commissioner. 

The people of District 1 deserve a balanced, commissioner, someone who will see them, and hear them!

Key Bentley 
Human Resources 
Executive Search Recruiter

"It is smart for all communities to have well balanced political leaders. I believe De’Vonna Pittman will bring forth experiences of a solid business acumen, fresh ideas, and experiences for a much needed and balanced seat at the table.

Knowing De’Vonna personally, some of her early life roots are ingrained in stories of adversity and hardships. Today, her education, business mind, and career background highlight the strengths she possess necessary to become county commissioner.

The people of District 1 deserve a balanced, commissioner, someone who will see them, and hear them!"

Key Bentley
Human Resources
Executive Search Recruiter
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You are correct

6 days ago

People for Pittman
It is both an honor and privilege that I enthusiastically endorse the candidacy of De’Vonnna Pittman for election to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners District 1. 

I have known De’Vonna for many years and have had the distinct fortune of working with her on two major county initiatives (the Twins Ballpark project and the Disparities Reduction effort). 

There is no other candidate that has the insight and drive to support the best interest of the constituents of District 1. With a Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement Leadership and almost 20 years working for the county, she is loyal to the ideals of Hennepin and committed to its success.  

As a ten-year US Army veteran, small business owner, and proud person of color, I am convinced that she will be a champion who will fight against systemic racism, xenophobia and other major issues that plague Hennepin County and abroad! 

Alex Tittle, Diversity Act
U.S. Army Veteran
Consultant & Friend

"It is both an honor and privilege that I enthusiastically endorse the candidacy of De’Vonnna Pittman for election to the Hennepin County Board of Commissioners District 1.

I have known De’Vonna for many years and have had the distinct fortune of working with her on two major county initiatives (the Twins Ballpark project and the Disparities Reduction effort).

There is no other candidate that has the insight and drive to support the best interest of the constituents of District 1. With a Master’s Degree in Law Enforcement Leadership and almost 20 years working for the county, she is loyal to the ideals of Hennepin and committed to its success.

As a ten-year US Army veteran, small business owner, and proud person of color, I am convinced that she will be a champion who will fight against systemic racism, xenophobia and other major issues that plague Hennepin County and abroad!"

Alex Tittle, Diversity Act
U.S. Army Veteran
Consultant & Friend
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6 days ago

People for Pittman

Here's wishing to all who celebrate - peace, harmony, happiness, good health and prosperity on the auspicious occasion of Eid. Happy Eid Mubarak to all. ... See MoreSee Less

7 days ago

People for Pittman

Join GVBack Tuesday today and all week to improve our communities. Together, we can make a difference.

You can do this by donating one hour of your time to this or other things:

-Planting a tree in honor of a senior citizen and or checking in on them
-Cleaning up litter in your community
-Encouraging people to fill out their census form and registering their absentee ballot.

For more info: https://www.gvbacktuesday.com/post/seedstoharvest
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Pretty! What you say? I was looking at how pretty you look, so let me go back and listen...

Those are all beautiful ideas!!!!!

God bless you! Stay safe.❤️🙏🏾😷

Amen. Together we can accomplish a whole lot more. 🙏🙏

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