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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.


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Scott Morris

Global Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Strategist


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Adriene Thornton
Vice Chair

Manager, Health Equity

Children's Minnesota

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Trent Bowman

Community Impact Manager

Bremer Bank

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Erica Edwards

Manager, Talent Acquisition

Caribou Coffee

2023 Board of Directors 

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Molly Greenman


President & CEO

The Family Partnership

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Clifton Shaw

Director of Technical Operations

Comcast Twin Cities

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Batala-Ra McFarlane


McFarlane Media Interests

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Bryan Tyner

City of Minneapolis 

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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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