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Samantha Lee Pree-Stinson

Executive Project Director

Samantha will lead our organization as the Executive Project Director. During the last year, she has continually shown up with the energy, integrity, work ethic, and business acumen that our organization has needed. Her role will provide integrated direction, management, and leadership in the administrative and business planning, budgeting, partnership and strategic efforts of a portfolio of major projects impacting multiple strategic core functions and components across the organization. She will also serve as the liaison to the Board of Directors and external stakeholder groups. She previously served as our Organizational Alignment and Operations lead. 

Sam is a wife and mother of three sons. She has a degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Franklin University and a Program Management Certification from UC Berkeley extension. Her background is in health care, policy and government. During her time in government, she ran City Council in Minneapolis, served as the Senior Policy Advisor for Minneapolis Councilmember Phillipe Cunningham and was the Chair of the MN Green Party. She currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Racial Equity Committee (RECAC) as the 10th ward appointee. 

Her passion is helping others realize their full potential, grassroots small “D” democracy building, and creating locally sustainable solutions to meet the needs of the Black community.

Direct line: 612-588-7821


Board of Directors

malcolm wells

Board Member

malcolm wells is an artist, educator, and organizer by way of Cobb County, Georgia. He’s an Associate Educator in his fifth year working in Minneapolis Public Schools. He serves as an At-Large-Member on the Educational Support Professionals Executive Board for local MFT59 (Minneapolis Federation of Teachers). He is currently on leave from Henry High School serving as an organizer for his local union, where he’s leading campaigns around contract negotiations, member, and community engagement. malcolm operates a company called The Liberated Bloc Inc. that currently specializes in media production. He is serving in his second term on the ABEP Board of Directors, where he previously served as Secretary. 

malcolm is the grandson and son of community and civil rights leaders, preachers and military vets. Professionally, he has worked from warehouses to airports and boardrooms to classrooms. The foundation of his values lie in respect for self and others, integrity, dedication, and discipline. His passions are in creating tangible systems for Black folks to utilize in the fight for Black liberation; providing support and resources to young people so that they may discover their own identities and reach their truest potential, and creating culturally responsive art through different mediums in collaboration with other thought provoking artists. 

As an educator, malcolm values the mantra of forever remaining a student. When he’s not engaging in one of his roles, you can find him reading or practicing music on his synthesizer. You’ll possibly catch him at a high school sports event, a local show supporting some of his favorite artists, or at a restaurant to enjoy a good meal with some of his favorite people. 

Elaine Rassmussen

Board Member

Coming soon