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“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 Pittman

Hennepin County DFL Endorsed
“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, AFSCME Council 5

“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, North Central States Regional Council of Carpenters

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“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, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation

“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, Teamsters Joint Council 32

Hennepin County DFL Endorsed
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“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, Women Winning

“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

PAC Chair, Minnesota NOW

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“…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, OutFront Minnesota

“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, LiUNA Minnesota & North Dakota

“The Veterans Caucus unanimously endorses De’Vonna Pittman for Hennepin County Commissioner. Her values and support of veterans issues stand her apart from everyone.”

Mark Doble

Vice Chair & Outreach Officer, DFL Veteran's Caucus

Elected Officials

These current and former elected officials and community leaders are proud to endorse De’Vonna for Hennepin County Commissioner.

  • Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General
  • Josie R. Johnson, Civil Rights Icon
  • John Hoffman, State Senator – District 36
  • Chris Eaton, State Senator – District 40
  • Ann Rest, State Senator – District 45
  • Bobby Joe Champion, State Senator – District  59
  • Kristen Bahner, State Representative 34B
  • Samantha Vang, State Representative 40A
  • Mike Nelson, State Representative 40B
  • Mike Freiberg, State Representative 45B
  • Lyndon Carlson, State Representative 45A
  • Bonnie Westlin, Candidate for State Senate, District 34
  • Cedrick Frazier, New Hope City Council, Candidate for State Representative 45A
  • Jeffrey Hassan, African American Leadership Forum Forum Executive Director
  • Angela Conley, Hennepin County Commissioner
  • Marquita Butler, Brooklyn Center City Council
  • April Graves, Brooklyn Center City Council
  • Kimberly Sandberg, Golden Valley City Council
  • Steve Adams, Candidate for Mayor of Crystal 
  • Sharon Sayles-Belton, Former Mayor of Minneapolis
  • Linda Higgins, Former State Senator and Hennepin County Commissioner
  • Peter McLaughlin, Former Hennepin County Commissioner
  • Mark Andrews, Former Hennepin County Commissioner
  • Gail Dorfman, Former Hennepin County Commissioner
  • Richard “Dick” Miller, Former Hennepin County Commissioner
  • Jackie Cherryhomes, Former Minneapolis City Council Member
  • Elizabeth Glidden, Former Minneapolis City Council Member
  • Natalie Johnson Lee, Former Minneapolis City Council Member

Community Members

These community members are proud to endorse De’Vonna for Hennepin County Commissioner.

  • Zinet Abdella
  • Kay Adam
  • Adam Ahmed
  • Cynthia Andrews
  • Juan Artavia
  • Terry Austin
  • Alfred Babington-Johnson
  • Lennon Baker
  • Chuck Ballentine
  • C.B. Bell
  • Staci Bell
  • Courtney Bell
  • Jenny Bender
  • Ross Bennett
  • Lamaudia Bentley
  • Carolyn Bentley
  • Tazz Bentley
  • Alexis Bentley
  • Dorothy Bentley-Myles
  • Ardella Bentley
  • Brenda Brazil
  • Candi Broeffle
  • Kamouri Brooks
  • Sharon Brooks Green
  • Theresa Brown
  • Michelle Brown
  • Menia Buckner
  • Babette Buckner
  • Latrina Caldwell
  • Latonja Cannady
  • Lisa Cannon-Ratliff
  • Erica Carver
  • Meghan Casey
  • Mary Chasin
  • Karen Coffey
  • Natalie Connelly Marquetta
  • Shaval Crooms
  • Donald Crumbley
  • Tesha Dampier
  • Lebernardo DaVinci
  • Tyona Davis
  • Dana Dickson
  • Zam Zam Diriyey
  • Adrieanne Annette Duffy
  • Bob Esnough
  • Robbin Frazier
  • Shamara Freeman
  • Linda Freemon
  • David and Roseanna Garibaldi
  • Chip Gehring
  • Keith George
  • Toni Geurts
  • Kent Goodroad
  • Adrianne Gould
  • Mike Hallenbeck
  • Beverly Hammond
  • Lisa C. Hill
  • Christina Hill
  • Mark Hinds
  • Sonzaray Holley
  • Charlita Holley
  • Damaris Hollingsworth
  • Chris Huble
  • Tonia Hughes
  • Tana Hutton
  • Anna Hyde Babbington-Johnson
  • Mark Intermill
  • Nancy Intermill
  • John Isom
  • Trina James
  • Tasha Jenkins English
  • LaSonya Johnson
  • Preston Johnson
  • Pashell Johnson
  • Yordanos Kiflu-Martin
  • Aja King
  • Tasha Kirk
  • Shelly Korby
  • Anna LaCombe
  • Nancy Lee
  • Jean Loyd
  • Naomi Lund
  • Susan Lynx
  • Mary Markwardt
  • Vera Martin
  • Jerry McAfee
  • Donna McCullough
  • Lasasha McGinnis
  • Lori McGinnis
  • Dustin McGinnis
  • Shereese Mcintosh
  • Detra Miler
  • Robert Miller
  • Travis Mitchell
  • Joan Molenaar
  • Dionnedre Moore
  • Mikki Morrissette
  • Elsie P. Moss Clemons
  • Charlitta Moss-Livingston
  • Mike Mullin
  • M. Kathleen Murphy
  • Kristie Nelson
  • Dorothy Nins
  • Adrienne Notts
  • Alta Oben
  • Nicole Olaware
  • Nicole Olawore
  • Emma Olson
  • Dawn Paden
  • Felicia Palmer
  • Tony Parrish
  • Catina Patterson
  • Gene Perry
  • Kristin Peter
  • Danielle Peterson Gayle
  • Robert Pittman
  • Kimberly Porter
  • Melissa Porter
  • George Posey
  • Elsa Posey
  • Michelle Price
  • LaTonya Reeves
  • Elzora Robinson
  • Shawanna Rodriguez
  • Sarah Rossell
  • Ciara Royston
  • Christopher Royston
  • Roshonda Royston
  • Thomas Rupp
  • Jo Russell
  • Dhona Sanders-Williams
  • Charvez & Sharmaine Russell
  • Jevetta Steele
  • Alex Samuelson
  • Paul Schulte
  • James Seals
  • Melanie Sedqi
  • Jannie Seibure
  • Sharon Shelton
  • Sam Simmons
  • Jehanzain Sirdar
  • Lashan Smith
  • Jeannette Smith Nash
  • Marichel Dynese Steverson
  • Louis Steward
  • Tara Stone
  • Shakeeta Sturden
  • Leondo Suddu

 

  • Whitney Taha Frakes
  • Mary Taris
  • Angelique Taylor
  • Sheila Taylor
  • Jennie Teage
  • Tammy Tesky Ausen
  • Fontaine Thompson-Robinson
  • Phyllis Tolbert
  • Diane Tran
  • Maria Tran
  • Sherrie Turcotte
  • Shereese Turner
  • Jon Vang Tao
  • Henry Viggs
  • Teresa M. Ward
  • Georgia Ware
  • Tiffany Washington
  • Shekina Washington
  • Teona Washington
  • Mary Wattley
  • Qiana Wiley-Ruffin
  • Cynthia Wilson
  • Ash Wirth-Petrik
  • Dawanna Witt
  • Tracy Wofford
  • Brittany Wright
  • Maikao Xiong Vang
  • Cindy Yang
  • Wisdom Young
  • Mike Zastoupil
  • Calli Zastoupil
  • Amanda Zoss
  • Latrisha Caldwell
  • Yatrice Smith
  • Ann Marie Lund

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5 days ago

People for Pittman
Faith is dead without works. What are you doing to change the state of our world one community at a time?

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People for Pittman
To say that I am completely humbled by this honor is an understatement. 

Check out the other community leaders who were named Black History Makers.

To say that I am completely humbled by this honor is an understatement.

Check out the other community leaders who were named Black History Makers.HCL is celebrating Black History Month by featuring current history makers in our community. Today we are featuring De'Vonna Pittman.

De’Vonna Pittman founded the Minnesota Black Authors Expo in 2017 connecting Black authors and their work to community and educators. An author, community advocate, and equity advocate, she has hosted countless community forums to empower women and their families.

She is Director of Inclusive Growth at Center for Economic Inclusion. Pittman leads the Center’s efforts to create broad, measurable shared accountability among public local, regional and statewide leaders and policy makers. She equips leaders and agencies with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to close racial wealth gaps and accelerate inclusive economic competitiveness through racially equitable workforce, land-use, economic development, housing, transportation and infrastructure policies and investment.

-- What inspires you to do the work you do in your community? --

I am a product of generational poverty and I know the barriers to gaining stability and self-empowerment. Pulling one's self out of poverty requires utilizing systems that are often not built to truly address all that comes along with trauma, instability, and being raised in a marginalized community. I know what is possible with even a little bit of determination and having systems that minimally address basic needs of survival. I believe that every little bit of passion I put into the world around me will create incremental changes in community, and in families, and it will make life better for a lot of people.

-- What part of this work for your community are you most proud of? --

I am most proud of the Minnesota Black Authors Expo; it is a magical event. Minnesota has some of the worst educational disparities; our children, especially children of color, have fallen behind. We wanted to restore a love for reading for Black children, and in Black communities. The expo has donated over 700 books since 2017. In the process of connecting community to Black literature, we were able to build something very special.
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Congrats DeVonna!! You make me so proud!!

3 weeks ago

People for Pittman
For those of you who don’t know, I started in a new role with the Center for Economic Inclusion. 

This week marks one month of building with leaders across the region to dismantle racist structures and systems to ensure inclusive growth. 

We can do this together. 

“As Director of Inclusive Growth, DeVonna leads the Center’s efforts to create broad, measurable shared accountability among public, local, regional and statewide leaders and policy makers by equipping leaders and agencies with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to close racial wealth gaps and accelerate inclusive economic competitiveness through racially equitable workforce, land-use, economic development, housing, transportation and infrastructure policies and investments. “

For those of you who don’t know, I started in a new role with the Center for Economic Inclusion.

This week marks one month of building with leaders across the region to dismantle racist structures and systems to ensure inclusive growth.

We can do this together.

“As Director of Inclusive Growth, De'Vonna leads the Center’s efforts to create broad, measurable shared accountability among public, local, regional and statewide leaders and policy makers by equipping leaders and agencies with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to close racial wealth gaps and accelerate inclusive economic competitiveness through racially equitable workforce, land-use, economic development, housing, transportation and infrastructure policies and investments. “
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Great photo!

You are so beautiful you belong in a magazine

Congratulations

Congratulations!!!

Congrats! You will be great I your new role!!

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3 weeks ago

People for Pittman
Im humbled to be joining this esteemed panel to have important conversations about the need to dismantle institutional racism and DE&I in the workplace. 

Join us this Wednesday: 

Karen McKinney  Chief Equity Officer for Minnesota Department of Human Services, 

Lauren Hunter, MBA-HRM, CDP, MBA-HRM, CDP, Director of Diversity & Recruitment at Minnesota Department of Human Services

Charles D. Jackson
Diversity & Inclusion, Family League of Baltimore

Hosted by the Minneapolis Urban League - Twin Cities Young Professionals

Sign up: https://lnkd.in/d2eUS2h

#passiton #diversityequityinclusion
#realtalk

I'm humbled to be joining this esteemed panel to have important conversations about the need to dismantle institutional racism and DE&I in the workplace.

Join us this Wednesday:

Karen McKinney Chief Equity Officer for Minnesota Department of Human Services,

Lauren Hunter, MBA-HRM, CDP, MBA-HRM, CDP, Director of Diversity & Recruitment at Minnesota Department of Human Services

Charles D. Jackson
Diversity & Inclusion, Family League of Baltimore

Hosted by the Minneapolis Urban League - Twin Cities Young Professionals

Sign up:

#passiton #diversityequityinclusion
#realtalk
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