The Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage announced last week that Linda Sloan has been named the Council’s new executive director, effective immediately. She becomes the first woman to lead the 40-year old Council.
The transition in leadership comes after the resignation of Justin Terrell who left to take over the leadership of the Minnesota Justice Research Center.
The Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage (CMAH) is the successor to Council on Black Minnesotans as of 2015. The Council on Black Minnesotans was created in 1980 by the Minnesota legislature to advise the governor and the legislature on issues facing the state’s black community. In 2015, the legislature adopted a new statute that renamed the Council on Black Minnesotans as Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage (CMAH) and its executive director is appointed by the Legislative Coordinating Commission, a group of 12 legislative leaders that consists of six members each from the Minnesota House and Minnesota Senate.
A native of Chicago, Sloan was most recently the Director of Career Development and Employer Relations at the University of St. Thomas. She received her Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Illinois and an MBA in Marketing and Strategic Management from Purdue University.
She is a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority.