CPC 2.0 was founded in 2010 by Shanasha Whitson and filed for its federal status in 2017. Shanasha Whitson is every bit of home grown, being born and raised in Minnesota. Like the roots of a juniper her career in the community runs deep. Shanasha comes from a large family, she grew up in South Minneapolis and attended high school in Brooklyn Center (Go Centaurs). Shanasha attended Minneapolis Community and Technical College where she received her Two-Year degree.  After which time she transferred to Metropolitan State University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Criminal Justice. After dedicating most of her work to community Shanasha decided to go back to school where she received her Master’s degree in Organizational Management and Communications from Concordia University in St. Paul. Shanasha also holds a Mini MBA from St. Thomas University. Shanasha has worked in the community more specifically North Minneapolis for more than 20 years. Most recently Shanasha completed her Master’s degree at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in counseling psychology and addictions counseling (LADC & LPCC). Shanasha also holds a license of social work in the state of Minnesota since 2015.  Shanasha has worked with some of Minnesota’s finest people, programs and organizations such as People Incorporated, The Minnesota Department of Health, Hennepin County, RS EDEN, DHS, HUD, Model Cities, Northside Funders Group, Harvest Preparatory, City of Minneapolis, City of Brooklyn Park, NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center,  University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Duluth, Brakins Psychological and Consulting Services LLC., African Women & Youth Resource Center, The Minneapolis Urban League, VEEMAH Integrated Wellness & Counseling Services, LLC and Minnesota’s Urban Agricultural Initiatives just to name a few. Shanasha has roots across communities and across continents. Shanasha has been on both sides of the health care continuum and the criminal justice continuum and has experienced the impacts of race and poverty. It is this experience that gives her the preternatural ability to help her community maintain its strong roots.

Meet the Board

Name: Michael Chaney (Board Chair: Environmental, Economic Development, Urban Planning)

Affiliations: Aveda Institute, North High, Appetite For Change, Asian Media Access, International Lions Club, St. Thomas University, Avenues For Homeless Youth, Breaking Bread, Urban HomeWorks, YouthPrise, Green Earth Growers, The University of Minnesota, Medtronic, Youth Farm, General Mills, City of Minneapolis, Second Harvest, Gardening Matters, Minnesota GreenCorps, Minnesota Department of Corrections, Voices for Racial Justice, North Point, Emerge, MAD DADS, Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce, West Broadway Farmers Market, The Greenway Project, Project Sweetie Pie.

Name: Position Open  (Social Justice & Civic Engagement)


Name: Reneka Evans (Board Chair: Diversity and Inclusion, LGBTQ)

Affiliations: Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Human Services, Hennepin County, KFAI, Twin Cities Pride, POC LGBTQ, Southside Café, Minnesota AIDS Project, OutFront Minnesota, Minnesota Transgender Health Coalition, District 202, PFund, Youth & AIDS Project, Project Offstreets, Rainbow Health Initiative, National LGBT Health Equity Network.

Name: Maria Bryan (Board Secretary: Community Voice Board Chair)

Affiliations: The City of Bloomington, Friends and Family of Interracial Youth and Families.

Name: Yvette M. Thompson (Board Finance: Education and Youth Development Board Chair)

Affiliations: Minneapolis Public Schools, Minneapolis Community College, Hennepin County Juvenile Probation, Fourth Judicial District Family Court, Hennepin County Guardian Ad Litem Program and Hennepin County Family Justice Center.

Name: Shakia McDavid (Board Chair: Youth Voice Arts & Entertainment & Entrepreneurship)

Affiliations: Columbia College Graduate: Bachelors of Arts: Advertising, International Communications & Marketing, Just Hair USA, 2015 Children’s Defense Fund: Ella Baker Child Policy Training Institute Fellow, YMCA: Model United Nations Delegate, 2016 National Delegate for the Presidential Elections.