Pastor Richard Pittman Sr.
I currently serve as the founding Pastor of the House of Praise Church Of God In Christ for the past 24 years. I have also been assistant Pastor over a congregation of 2500 members strong for 12 years. My vocation has been to preach the gospel and serve community in every facet and working with community to meet the human need. I have served with the NAACP over the last decade as Religious chair, Public Safety and Criminal Justice Chair and Vice President of St. Paul Roy Wilkins NAACP Branch. I am currently newly elected President of St. Paul Branch and serve on elders council and several other community boards. I have a heart for people and the welfare of our community. Over the past 2 years myself along with partners of the NAACP have worked diligently creating addendums to a twenty-year-old agreement between the NAACP and SPPD on policing policies and use of force, along with racial profiling. The Public Safety committee hosted several public meetings that involved state, city and district officials. Partner with the Education committee in the effort to bring closure to acts of systemic racism and social injustice and acts of discrimination against student of color in any jurisdiction.
It has been my pleasure to serve on the executive board over the last decade in effort to broaden and bring to light social injustices with partnerships of professionals and knowledgeable individuals.
As President of St. Paul NAACP Roy Wilkins branch, I will partner with community leaders and activist in the efforts of curing the ills of systemic racism and marginalization of colored people. In serving the greater St. Paul community we will educate, agitate, and litigate for our community to eradicate any forms racism and lack of opportunity for people of color. We will continue to fight for quality education and equal opportunity, fair Housing relief for economic disadvantages and fair pay. Any form of systemic Racism or the marginalization of any persons of color can no longer be accepted as the norm in the 21st century. Over the last 2 years our efforts have been tireless and consuming, but yet rewarding. Along with a host of other problem the community has faced all the way from the treatment of inmates and meeting with people of color who felt discriminated against from the work unions. St. Paul branch NAACP lead many more efforts to promote community and healing the ills of our society.
As President of St. Paul Roy Wilkins NAACP Branch, I will unselfishly work with those who have a heart for the community in spirit of unity and peace. Along with the combine effort and expertise of professionals that bring their knowledge and wisdom to the table. Our mission is to secure racial equality and hope to a marginalized people to long. It's time to change.
Together We Stand. Divided We Fall.
Pastor Richard Pittman
NAACP St Paul Roy Wilkins Branch
Nieeta has served on several other non-profit organizational boards and continues to volunteer in the community and in her church. Currently a Commissioner on the City of Saint Paul’s Planning Commission, served as a Commissioner on the Human Right Economic Equal Opportunity for the City of Saint Paul until 2019, she was former board member of Land Bank Twin Cities until 2019 and she was elected to serve on the St. Paul Mayor’s Central Corridor Task Force that created the Central Corridor Development Strategy (CCDS) for the Central Corridor. Experienced in conferring and consulting with individuals, groups, and committees to determine needs. Very skilled at planning, implementing to extend organization’s programs and services; while monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money; providing guidance and direction to staff/personnel, including setting performance standards. I am extremely skilled at communicating with diverse people, the public, government, and other external sources. Strong experience in project planning, budget management, policy analysis, community and economic development, and nonprofit management.
Lisa Tabor will be your lead consultant and project manager. Passionate about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), she wants to see a world where ALL organizations deliver quality service and great results to all stakeholders all the time, regardless of race, ethnicity or culture - a world where a culture of mutual benefit and success is part of every organization's DNA.
As owner and president of CultureBrokers LLC, she taps this passion to help big and small government, nonprofit and business organizations execute behaviors that effectively meet the needs of culturally diverse customers, employees, suppliers and communities. For 15 years her company has consulted on a variety of cultural diversity, inclusion and racial equity projects related to key functions in governance, strategy, finance, marketing, research & development, information technology, customer service, human resources, community engagement, procurement, space design, and operations.
Before starting her business, Lisa managed teams in media, retail and business associations. At the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Lisa delivered the Leadership Saint Paul program and developed the Mayor's Leadership Academy in 2003, which still runs. This program was the first to introduce city leadership staff to cultural competence development. At the Saint Paul Convention and Visitors Bureau, she built its first relationships with the city's communities of color, introducing them to the tourism economy. This work led her to start CultureBrokers Foundation, where she created Saint Paul's African American Heritage Corridor and catalyzed the city's ethnic destination development movement. She helped lead the World Cultural Heritage District program which launched Little Mekong, Little Africa, and the Rondo Business and Cultural Heritage District. Her work quickly evolved to developing the Intercultural City Initiative (ICI), an adaptation of the global Council of Europe program. In 2018, CultureBrokers helped Rochester MN became the first American city to join the global network and conduct a formal Intercultural City assessment.
Lisa contributes to Minnesota’s quality of life by serving on many boards and councils, including the 2019 Final Four Impact Advisory Council, African Economic Development Solutions and African American Registry®. She was former two-term secretary of the Saint Paul NAACP, two-term board president of the Arts and Culture Partnership of Saint Paul, and board member of the National Community Leadership Association.
2nd Vice President
Elder Richard Pittman Jr.
Elder Richard Pittman Jr. is a husband, motivational speaker, and preacher of the Gospel who works with community organizations like Cru, NAACP, C.O.G.I.C, National Pan-Hellenic Council at the University of Minnesota, to name a few, to bring equality and opportunity to the disenfranchised communities of Saint Paul, MN. Elder Richard Pittman Jr. has graduated from the University of Minnesota and holds the title of Elder in the Church Of God In Christ. He is also a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. which he has served as a Treasurer and Event Coordinator. Elder Pittman Jr. is proud to be a part of the growing discussion and movement on the “Stop the Gun Violence” events through the NAACP of Saint Paul, MN, in which he helped planned and mediate, with the branch. He now serves as 2nd Vice-President of the Saint Paul, MN Branch of the NAACP, after serving as the Youth President of the branch for 2 years.
3rd Vice President
Pamela Young is Chair of an Education Committee and performed duties as an Executive Board member for a Community Clinic, where she has served over 5 years being effective in her leadership, facilitation, and managerial roles. Pam currently presides as the 3rd Vice President for the NAACP. She has a Master of Arts Degree, in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Science Degree, in Applied Management. She has an extraordinary passion for children with 35 years’ experience as a Foster Parent and served as a Guardian ad Litem of the State of Minnesota, Fourth Judicial District Juvenile Division.
Pam has 6 years of experience with several Minnesota Private Colleges as a Program Director. She has extensive experience in business operations, effective communication, and community engagement.
Jim Hilbert is Chair of the Education Committee and a member of the Executive Board, where he has served for over ten years. Jim is also Ad Hoc Counsel for the NAACP State Conference. Jim is currently Vice Dean and Law Professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. He is a former civil rights plaintiff’s attorney and Legal Fellow at the Institute for Race and Poverty.
Leah Wellnitz is the Assistant Treasure/E-commerce, and a new member of the Executive Board. She has spent the last 26 years in the hospitality industry as a Director of Sales & Marketing and General Manager. She has a deep understanding of building relationships with community and cultivated strategic alliances with key partners. Spending much of her career gaining experiences in areas such as opening new Hilton upper scale and luxury properties. Extensive experience in implementation of marketing plans, financial controls, and business operations.
John Young is a devoted husband, father, adoptive parent, for the past 32yrs, John has served in ministries as an Ordained Elder; also, he has sustained a leadership position as the chairman on the Minister’s Board for over ten consecutive years. He presently spearheads the food program at his church and has served as the former NAACP Treasure in the St. Paul Chapter. He is filled with enthusiasm and dedication to serve in the community he once lived in all of his life.
Jerome Treadwell, born and raised in the heart of the Rondo community. I am 16 years old, while being a post-secondary education option (dual enrollment) student at Northwestern University. I have maintained above a 3.6 GPA throughout high school, sustaining through my current junior year at Highland Park Senior Highschool. Not only am I a student, but I am also active in my high school sports, and music program. As an active youth in my high school Black Student Union, my goal has always been to invoke youth that not only look like me but those who do not, to stand up for what is right as well as give hope and feasible opportunity to minorities through the local body and Greater Minnesota. In addition to having a passion for uplifting minorities
Public Safety/Criminal Justice Chair
Miki Lewis-Frost, founder of the 8218 Truce Center in Saint Paul, MN. As a Saint Paul native, I have dedicated the last 15 years of my life to seeking justice in our judicial and economic systems for the marginalized and disenfranchised. I have also made the unfair housing despair that systematic racism has produced in our country a primary target of my work as well. I found my passion in empowering African-Americans and giving back to the community has become my life’s work. With that, my goal at the 8218 Truce Center is to provide mentorship to the youth in the community that instills the ability to make positive life choices that will foster personal growth and development. The Truce Center’s mission is to enable one’s ability to peacefully resolve conflict by promoting the use of effective communication skills.
Political Action Chair
Johnny E. Howard Sr.
Johnny Howard has over 30 years of experience as a community organizer. His career has been dedicated to serving as a liaison and participant in civic engagement partnerships to improve our quality of life and keep us safe. He has organized and built collaborations and partnerships between residents, cultural, religious ethnic groups, government, and public safety groups, to advance public policy and programs that have become national models of community building. Most of his successful work was spending sixteen plus years as founder and executive director of the nationally recognized Thomas-Dale Block Club Inc., a citizen and volunteer directed group in the Frogtown neighborhood of Saint Paul.
Health Committee Chair
Patricia G. James is a Licensed Missionary, Advocate, Hospitality Worker, former Education Paraprofessional, and former Personal Care Assistant/Homemaker. She joined the St. Paul Chapter of the NAACP in 2020 where she currently serves as the Health Committee Chair. Missionary James has also been a faithful member of the Minnesota Jurisdiction of the Churches of God in Christ (COGIC) where she has served on several boards including hospitality for nearly 20 years. Her most recent endeavors have led her to collaborate with the local Sheriff’s Departments in order to encourage a healthy relationship between the Police force and civilians. Patricia also works as an advocate for the organization known as the Community Stabilization Project (CSP) which she also joined in 2020.