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Our Board of Directors

We believe those living in poverty intimately understand the steps necessary to overcome it, and this is reflected in our tri-representational board. One-third is represented by the community sector, one-third by the private sector, and one-third by the public sector:

  • Nicole Frethem-CHAIR

    Ramsey County Commissioner, District 1

  • Luvidia Williams-VICE-CHAIR

    Community Volunteer

  • C.H. -TREASURER

    Senior Finance Consultant for Nonprofits & Government

  • Jillian McAdams-SECRETARY

    Principal, Integrated Strategic Marketing Professional, McAdams Marketing Group

  • Jessika Thomas-Powell-MEMBER-AT-LARGE

    Community Member, St. Paul

  • Fadila Adam

    Assistant Professor, St. Kate University

  • Toni Carter 

    Ramsey County Commissioner, District 4

  • Emma Corrie

    President, Twin Cities R!se

  • Esmeralda Cortes

    Community Member, St. Paul

  • Nicole Hernandez

    Youth Development Director, Children's Defense Fund Minnesota 

  • George Stone

    Washington County, Economic Support Division Manager, Community Services Department

  • LaToya Whitfield

    Community Member, Shoreview

  • Koung Yang

    Community Member, Forest Lake

Our Staff Leadership

  • Kevin Adams

    Interim Executive Director
    Senior Director, Assistance Programs & Technology

  • Cheryl Butz

    Senior Director, Finance
    Interim Senior Director, Human Resources

  • Nicolee Mensing

    Senior Director, Head Start & Early Head Start

  • Feleshia Edwards

    Director, Energy Conservation

  • Gina Iliev

    Director, Community Initiatives & Mission Advancement

  • Pamela Maldonado

    Director, Financial Opportunity Programs

Board Minutes


In accordance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (“ADA”), and other relevant statutory requirements, Community Action will not discriminate against qualified individuals with disabilities on the basis of disability in its services, programs, or activities. Community Action is both an Equal Opportunity and an Affirmative Action Employer.
We believe it is vital to the Agency and to basic human dignity and welfare to promote economic, social, and educational opportunities for all. We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations and/or modifications to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to participate fully in employment and/or access our programs and services.

Our Impact This Year

  • People Who Received Utility Bill Assistance

    49,780

  • Children Enrolled in Head Start & Early Head Start

    1,622

  • People Whose Utility Bills Were Lowered Through Home Weatherization

    245

  • Workers Provided with Transportation Support Including Vehicle Loans, Repair Grants, and Transit Passes

    1,743

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