Deanna Foster, Executive Director of DBCC, has extensive experience managing multiple long-term strategies to build organizational capacity as well as pioneering innovative programs that offer creative, solution-oriented approaches to community engagement and neighborhood revitalization. She has demonstrated the ability to mentor community leaders, partner with other organizations and advance the success of community-based associations and institutions.
Prior to her position as Executive Director with DBCC, Deanna was the Executive Director of Hope Community, Inc. in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis for over 15 years. There she led community engagement and revitalization efforts in of one of the city's most diverse neighborhoods. Today, Hope Community's work stands as a national model for how to rebuild and reenergize a community with multi-cultural community organizing and engagement. Deanna’s story is featured in "The Power of One: Heroes Forging America's Civic Reawakening from Sea to Shining Sea" by Debra Schweiger Berg and she co-authored “End of One Way,” a book sponsored by the Annie E Casey and McKnight Foundations to highlight best-practice community based development strategies. She has an MBA from the University of St. Thomas.
Since she was hired at DBCC in March of 2011, Deanna has demonstrated an ability to build coalitions for action, and lead economic development and community building strategies that have had a significant impact on the East Side.
Brenda Reid, joined Dayton’s Bluff Community Council in January 2015.
Prior to Dayton’s Bluff Reid worked with Pillsbury United Communities - Oak Park Youth and Family Center. Reid worked on several projects and administrative management of the office. The Intergenerational Mentoring Project, Freedom School, Junior Entrepreneurs project. Reid developed what was called the Food Pantry which made available fresh fruits and vegetables for families in the neighborhood.
Reid worked for 8 years at Hope Community, Inc.; a non-profit organization committed to and actively involved in Community Engagement, Relationship Building, Real Estate Development, and Property Management and Leasing. Hope created community spaces and provided decent quality housing and sought to eliminate the isolation among persons of color.
Reid is also a Real Estate Broker and has owned her own company since 2001.
Lead Community Organizer
Dezmond Juan is the lead Community Organizer at Dayton’s Bluff Community Council. Prior to joining the DBCC team, he worked extensively with families and youth in urban and rural settings. Dezmond has worked on the East Side for four years and has gotten to know the community well. Working with such programs as, Wyman’s Teen Outreach Program (http://wymancenter.org/nationalnetwork/top/) and Ramsey County’s YouthLEAD/ULEAD (http://www.co.ramsey.mn.us/workforce/Youth.htm) have provided opportunities to build and use his skills in areas such as motivational interviewing and historical trauma training to better understand the complexities of family life. Dezmond is an experienced, dedicated Youth and Community Outreach Worker who will apply versatile organizational, interpersonal, cultural knowledge and communicational skills to substantively impact Dayton’s Community Council and the communities it serves.
Michelle is the Administrative Coordinator at Dayton’s Bluff Community Council. Prior to joining the DBCC team, she has worked in the administrative field for over 14 years, including working for places such as UnitedHealthcare’s corporate office, UnitedBehavioral Health and The Wilder Foundation. Michelle has lived in Saint Paul since 2004, and specifically on the East Side for three years now. She enjoys participating in neighborhood events as a volunteer, and assisted in coordinating “7th Street LIVE” in 2016. She is a member of Mounds Park United Methodist Church, where she has performed her piano and vocal original works. In her spare time, she is a recording artist and film composer, having released a CD in 2015 that took home multiple awards.