Tawanna Black

Executive Director, Northside Funders Group
Advisory Team(s)
Minnesota Bush Prize Selection Panel

Tawanna is the Executive Director for the Northside Funders Group, a collaborative of 19 corporate, community and private foundations and public sector investors committed to aligning investments to catalyze comprehensive, sustainable change in North Minneapolis.

Tawanna’s diverse career destinations have had one common theme… she’s been the chosen leader to build consensus among individuals, organizations and companies with varied backgrounds, experiences and motivations, toward one common vision with extraordinary results. She comes to the Northside Funders Group with over 15 years of ground-breaking work, transforming organizations and communities in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota.

Tawanna has lent her leadership to over 35 non-profit and philanthropic boards over the last two decades. Today she serves as a Trustee at the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, Board Member at the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, President of the Minneapolis- St. Paul Chapter of The Links, Incorporated. In 2014 she was awarded a Bush Fellowship and in 2016 Living Cities named her one of the countries Top 25 Disruptive Leaders addressing racial and economic gaps.