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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 hours ago

People for Pittman

Check out this short clip from one of our current volunteers! 🌟 It’s not too late to get involved!

Email: [email protected] for
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23 hours ago

People for Pittman
Reducing health disparities is vital and can only occur with transparency and accountability from health systems.

In De’Vonna’s current role, the disparity reduction leadership team established the top three priorities for Hennepin, which include improving access, increasing healthy births, and empowering community to reduce chronic disease. 

Health care must be affordable, and it must be available to everyone who needs it. As a local government with the second largest budget in the state, Hennepin County must lead in supporting health care workers.

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Reducing health disparities is vital and can only occur with transparency and accountability from health systems.

In De’Vonna’s current role, the disparity reduction leadership team established the top three priorities for Hennepin, which include improving access, increasing healthy births, and empowering community to reduce chronic disease.

Health care must be affordable, and it must be available to everyone who needs it. As a local government with the second largest budget in the state, Hennepin County must lead in supporting health care workers.

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“I am endorsing DeVonna Pittman for Hennepin County Commissioner for District 1. 

As the former Executive Director of the African American Leadership Forum, I met DeVonna five years ago, when she was a Fellow in the Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy, the purpose of which is to develop the next generation of leaders for our community. 

DeVonna heard the call and has stepped forward to pursue that responsibility. She has the background, training, and experience to serve our community and to serve it well! Please join me in supporting and voting for DeVonna.”

~ Jeffrey Hassan
Former Executive Director
African American Leadership Forum

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“I am endorsing De'Vonna Pittman for Hennepin County Commissioner for District 1.

As the former Executive Director of the African American Leadership Forum, I met De'Vonna five years ago, when she was a Fellow in the Josie R. Johnson Leadership Academy, the purpose of which is to develop the next generation of leaders for our community.

De'Vonna heard the call and has stepped forward to pursue that responsibility. She has the background, training, and experience to serve our community and to serve it well! Please join me in supporting and voting for De'Vonna.”

~ Jeffrey Hassan
Former Executive Director
African American Leadership Forum

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👏🏽👏🏽✅Sheila Webb endorsed by Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation AFL-CIO, LiUNA, DFL, OutFront and Women Winning.

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2 days ago

People for Pittman
This Saturday we are hosting a SUPER KNOCK with De’Vonna for Hennepin County Commissioner of District 1, Attorney General Keith Ellison, and Candidate Cedrick Frazier!

We will drop flyers to voters and door knock (for those who are comfortable) and doing a volunteer raffle all day! 

We are available for people to pick up lists from 10am-2pm at 5517 Utah Avenue North, New Hope, MN 55428.

If you know of folks who want to help, bring them along! 

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This Saturday we are hosting a SUPER KNOCK with De’Vonna for Hennepin County Commissioner of District 1, Attorney General Keith Ellison, and Candidate Cedrick Frazier!

We will drop flyers to voters and door knock (for those who are comfortable) and doing a volunteer raffle all day!

We are available for people to pick up lists from 10am-2pm at 5517 Utah Avenue North, New Hope, MN 55428.

If you know of folks who want to help, bring them along!

#peopleforpittman
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