Board Chair:

Dr. Sylvia Bartley- Medtronic, Inc. 

Sylvia Bartley, BSc (Hons), Pharmacology; PhD, Neurophysiology

Global Director, Medtronic Philanthropy

Dr. Sylvia Bartley is the Global Director for Medtronic Philanthropy.  Dr. Bartley holds a doctorate in neurophysiology.  Since moving to Minneapolis in 2010, Sylvia has devoted much of her free time to improving the health, education and economic status of underserved communities. She has assumed board leadership roles for six prominent non-profit organizations including the African American Leadership Forum, The Harvest Network of Schools, Achieve MPLS, and The Black Women’s Health Imperative. She is a recipient of a 2014 Bush Foundation Fellowship, awarded for extraordinary achievement and potential to lead change and strengthen the community. She received the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s Diversity in Business Award in 2013 and their Women in Business Award in 2017 for her outstanding contribution to business and education reform in the Twins Cities.

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John Taylor, Treasurer, Manager, Director of Supplier Diversity

Stella Whitney West, Secretary, CEO, NorthPoint Health & Wellness


Alex Tittle, Disparity Reduction Director, Hennepin County

Billy Charvez Russel, Executive Director, Friendship Academy

Carolyn Smallwood, Executive Director, Way to Grow

Nerita Hughes, Dean of Business, Technology, Career, and Workforce Development, North Hennepin Community College

Ravi Norman, CEO, Thor Construction

Jeff Hayden, Senator, Minnesota State Congressman

Lauren Boulware, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

Robbin Frazier, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Alzheimer’s Association

Kevin Lindsey, Commissioner of Human Rights, State of Minnesota

Anisha Murphy, Program Director of Community Engagement, NEON

Duchesne Drew, Community Network Vice President, Bush Foundation

Marcus Owens- Executive Director

Marcus Owens 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.
Owens currently serves as the Executive Director of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF) – Twin Cities. 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 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 and inclusion and human resources for Target Corporation. Before his time at Target, he worked for TCF National Bank as well as owned and operated a mortgage company.

A native of north Minneapolis, Owens received a Bachelor of Science degree from Metropolitan State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of St. Thomas.