African American Leadership Forum

About the AALF

The African American Leadership Forum is a movement of African American leaders and stewards across six metropolitan areas - the Twin Cities, Portland, Seattle, Des Moines, Tacoma, and Omaha - that is committed to the revitalization and sustainability of a vibrant African American community. We are united in the belief that we can do more together than separately. We recognize that in order to achieve enduring, positive, change in our communities we need a truly transformative agenda; one that is exciting and fresh; one that challenges the status quo and changes the game.

We need an agenda that...

  • moves us beyond silos and fragmentation
  • demonstrates the interconnectedness of people, issues, and actions
  • changes the structures, institutions, and systems that disproportionately harm African Americans







Our Participants

So far, over 1,200 leaders in the Twin Cities African American community are participants in the AALF. Leaders across community sectors — nonprofit, grassroots, faith, political, government, business, philanthropy, education, health, arts — are involved in this work. We anticipate and welcome many more participants.

Participants are engaged not only in their professional roles bus also as community members who have a personal investment and responsibility in the Twin Cities’ African American community.


AALF Work Groups

Facilitating democtractic work groups to develop consensus about goals, strategies, and action plans is the primary way the AALF gets work done. Each of our work groups meets monthly, with some smaller action teams meeting more often on projects that inform the whole AALF community. We welcome African Americans from all walks of life to attend and contribute their insight to any of the work groups. We have no extensive membership process or hurdles to participation. 

Currently we have four work groups:


  • Economic Development
  • Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Health and Wellness


Our Foundation Supporters

Otto Bremer Foundation
General Mills Foundation
Grotto Foundation
Headwaters Foundation for Justice
Health Partners Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Medtronic Foundation
The Minneapolis Foundation
Northwest Area Foundation
The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota
The Saint Paul Foundation/Minnesota Philanthropy Partners
United Health Foundaiton


AALF Work Groups

As a democratic, people-powered movement, all work of the AALF is done in cascading work groups and smaller action teams. African Americans from all walks of life are welcome to contribute their insight each month by participating in a work group that suits their interests.

If you are interested, and would like more information, please email

Economic Development Work Group
Purpose: To promote sustainable investments to build wealth in the African American Community

Education Work Group
Purpose: To close the achievement gap for African American children, birth through 12th grade, in the 7-county Metro Area.

Health and Wellness
Purpose: To promote a holistic vision for our community, where individuals are healthy and our communities sustain a sense of wellbeing.  Targeting key health disparities will help bring about individual and community wellness. 


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Want to get involved?
Contact Chris Stewart at or 612-879-0602, ext. 19