Marcus Owens will take over as the new executive director of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF).

Owens, currently president of the Northside Economic Opportunity Network (NEON), will take the helm at AALF July 1.  Under his direction in just under four years, NEON more than quadrupled its operating budget and staff size, launched a social enterprise business and created a co-working space for entrepreneurs. Prior to joining NEON, Owens spent nearly a decade working for the Target Corporation where here worked on several corporate initiatives including diversity and inclusion.

A native of North Minneapolis, Owens has his MBA, is a 2017 Bush Fellow, 2017 Young American Leaders Program (Harvard University) participant, 2018 Minneapolis Business Magazine 40 under 40 honoree and 2018 MN Business Magazine Real Power 50 honoree.

“I'm extremely excited to be joining the African American Leadership Forum,” said Owens. “I believe the Forum's focus on building the African-American community from within is the key driver to developing a more just and healthy community for all African-Americans in the region and beyond. I look forward to working with the board of directors and members to build on the great foundation and legacy created by the dynamic leaders, past and present, of the Forum.”

Owens takes over at AALF for Jeffrey Hassan, who is retiring at the end of June.

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