Staff

Dominic Scott
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Marcus Owens

Marcus is a social entrepreneur, systems shifter and community developer. Owens believes that expanding economic and educational opportunities and improving health and well-being for all is key to building a healthier and just community. AALF’s focus is to improve the economic health of underserved communities in the Twin Cities by creating opportunities through public and private partnerships.

Before joining AALF, Owens was the President and CEO of the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON). Under his direction, NEON more than quadrupled its operating budget and staff size, launched a social enterprise business and created a co-working space for entrepreneurs.

Owens also spent nearly a decade driving change and championing new initiatives in finance, diversity & inclusion and human resources for Target Corporation. Before his time at Target, he worked for TCF National Bank and owned and operated a mortgage company. A native of north Minneapolis, Owens received a bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University and an M.B.A. from the University of St. Thomas.

Dominic Scott
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Ernest Comer III

Ernest has more than ten years of professional experience in both the not-for-profit and private sectors. He is passionate about professional development, career advancement, and uplifting leadership that is both holistic and collective. Ernest is committed to building pipelines to success through making connections and empowering people by creating awareness of and exposure to examples of leadership, success, and wealth development that may be unconventional.

Ernest provides an additional layer of leadership to the African American Leadership Forum as the Associate Director while driving leadership development initiatives for the Network and the community. As an author, entrepreneur, professional and philanthropist he is dedicated to connecting individuals, organizations, and businesses to resources for continuous learning and enrichment.

Dominic Scott
OPERATIONS AND FINANCE DIRECTOR

Shanaya Dungey

Biography coming soon.

Dominic Scott
PUBLIC ALLY AMERICORPS SERVICE MEMBER

Kitana Holland

Kitana is an upcoming entrepreneur, healer, activist, foodie, and teacher. Initially, she wanted to work in college access programs to serve first-generation and low-income students, and realized through this work that youth need social and emotional education before thinking about their identity, passions, and future. It made her consider that we don’t give youth choices or opportunities to play with their interests as a form of entrepreneurship. She reclaimed her purpose and passion for mental health and wellness awareness through movement.

Kitana has been teaching hip-hop and Afrobeat cardio classes for a year and it’s helped her channel her trauma and grief while being free with her body. Her community always shows out as the village that is mentoring, challenging, and embracing her. She believes that movement is a form of radical self-care and activism and she hopes to continue this work spreading Black wellness with her platform. Kitana is excited to take a step back in her professional career to get a clearer idea of where her gifts lay in the community and nonprofit world, and it’s great to get that exposure through Public Allies and AALF!

Board of Directors

Officers

John Taylor, Co-Chair, Director Strategic Sourcing, Medtronic

Dr. Nerita Hughes, Co-Chair, Dean of Business, Technology, Career & Workforce Development, NHCC

Anisha Murphy, Secretary, Adjunct Professor, Hamline University

Carolyn Smallwood, Treasurer, Executive Director, Way to Grow


Members

Sylvia Bartley, BSc (Hons), Pharmacology; PhD, Neurophysiology Global Director, Medtronic Philanthropy

Jeff Hayden, Sr. Government Relations Specialist, Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

Robbin Frazier, Associate Director of Equity and Community Engagement Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, University of Minnesota

Duchesne Drew, President, Minnesota Public Radio

Lauren Boulware, Director, Morgan Stanley

Kevin Lindsey, Executive Director, Minnesota Humanities Center

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