Lea Hargett is the Principal and Chief Consultant with JOG Associates, a strategic management consulting firm. Lea’s undergraduate work was completed at University of Illinois at Chicago.  Her educational background includes completion of the mini MBA Program at the University of St. Thomas and the Human Resource Executive Program at the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management.  Her most recent position was Vice President of THOR Consulting.  Lea is the former President and CEO of the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce.


Shaneen Moore is the director of the Child Support Division in Children and Family Services for the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Moore oversees the Child Support Division, leads legislative matters concerning child support, supervises daily operations and coordinates long-term planning for the division. Moore has also served on the Minnesota Council on Disability since 2016. Moore started her career in corporate finance, working for large organizations like Wells Fargo, UnitedHealth Group and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, before taking a job as operations manager at Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center. Moore also served as operations manager at the nonprofit Northside Economic Opportunity Network. Moore holds a Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Management, and a Bachelor of Business degree in Finance, both from Western Illinois University. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in Public Administration from Hamline University.


Nicole Wright is the Vice President, Market Growth and Development Consultant, Diverse Segments for Wells Fargo. Her career spans several years in banking and real estate. She’s a funder member of the Northside Funders Group, City of Lakes Community Land Trust and Bii Gii Win Community Development Loan Fund.


Bill English is a founding member of the North Job Creation Team. Long time activist and workforce advocate, English is a former Vice President (ret) of Control Data Corporation and a founding member of Sabathani Community Center and many other community organizations and initiatives.


Terrence is the Dean of Students at South High School. He serves as a student counselor and also volunteers his time as a Little League coach. Terrence is also an entrepreneur and social influencer, as owner of Next Level Entertainment, he has produced several large concert events in the Twin Cities and around the U.S.



Mary Merrill is the Founding Board Chair of the Anika Foundation. She served as the first Black Commissioner for Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board (ret) and it’s first Black Woman Superintendent prior to that. She designed and launched several innovative community and youth oriented programming for MPPRB.


Licensed Nurse, Community Health Advocate


Organizer, Lobbyist, Director of Programs, The Rockefeller Fund


ANIKA ROBBINS  Executive Director

Anika is the founder of the Anika Foundation. She has dedicated her life to family, business and community service. A successful entrepreneur, she is the Creator of ANIKA International Cosmetics and owns ANIKA & Friends, an event management & marketing agency. She serves as a Civil Rights Commissioner for the City of Minneapolis and currently serves as Chair of the Cultural Engagement Complete Count Committee for the State of Minnesota, and a member of the Our Census MN Co-Creation Table. She also serves as Secretary of the Black Civic Network.

ANGELA WILLIAMS  Program Director: Black Votes Matter

Angela joined Black Votes Matter MN in 2018 as a Program Coordinator. She leads our voter engagement and outreach program for BVM and was recently promoted to Program Director, overseeing the strategic planning and development of the program.

MARIYAM LEASE  Program Coordinator: Black Votes Matter

Mariyam Lease is a Program Coordinator for Black Votes Matter MN. She registers voters, conducts voter education and assists with program execution.

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