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Our History

In its early years, Phyllis Wheatley was a safe place for young African American women to seek shelter and to receive guidance and marketable skill development. Gradually, the agency became the center of the African American social scene, and it evolved into a home-away-from-home for numerous African American civic leaders, educators, entertainers, and students. The Wheatley, as it was affectionately called, was the only place in Minneapolis where non-whites were permitted to lodge during those days.

Today Phyllis Wheatley programs address the needs of children, youth, families, and elders by providing tailored education and skill-building opportunities to help individuals and families discover their strengths, develop their personal networks of support, and take control of their futures.

Wheatley House

2023 Board of Directors 

Board of Directors
Scott Morris, Board Chair
Scott Morris

Global Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Strategist


Trent Bowman, Board Vice Chair

Trent Bowman
Vice Chair

Community Impact Manager

Bremer Bank

Erica Edwards

Erica Edwards

Manager, Talent Acquisition

Caribou Coffee

Fire Chief Bryan Tyner, Board Treasurer

Chief Bryan Tyner

City of Minneapolis 

Fire Chief

Molly Greenman, Board Member

Molly Greenman


President & CEO

The Family Partnership

Clifton Shaw, Board Member

Clifton Shaw

Director of Technical Operations

Comcast Twin Cities

Batala Ra McFarlane, Board Member

Batala-Ra McFarlane


McFarlane Media Interests

Leadership Staff

Valerie Stevenson

Interim Executive Director

Patricia Harris

Development Officer & Chief Organizational Strategist

Amondo Dickerson

VP of Programs & Operations

Aaron Raivo-Lynch

Senior Director of Camp Operations

Camp Katharine Parsons

Katy Nelson

Senior Director of Development & Communications

Zina Johnson


Mary T. Wellcome Child Development Center

Career Opportunities

Join our team! To see a full listing of available job opportunities and apply at Phyllis Wheatley Community Center, go here.

Current openings in programs, development, and more! 

We can't wait to have you on board! 

Phyllis Wheatley Community Center

1301 N. 10th Avenue

Minneapolis, MN 55411

(612) 374-4342

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Office Hours

Monday - Friday

8:30am - 5:30pm

Mary T. Wellcome Hours

Monday - Friday

6:30am - 5:30pm


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