Brett Buckner

Executive Director

A proud third generation Minnesotan and life-long resident of North Minneapolis, Brett Buckner demonstrated his commitment to youth and community development as a coalition convener for the 80+ member Seeds To Harvest network, a program of, that mobilized thousands of volunteers and produced programs in response to communal challenges in effort to support our children and families.

Fighting for equity before it was termed, Brett served in several high-profile leadership roles for human and civic rights including as President for the Minneapolis NAACP (1998/99) which he received the Region IV Man of the Year award in 2007 for his service to the association and society. In 2010, he formed the ColorTheVote (CTV) Campaign which mobilized more than 125,000 voters since its conception. Through this campaign, Brett helped lead a community coalition to become plaintiffs for the Minnesota redistricting process facilitating the final congressional and legislative district designs in 2021. Brett also serves as Common Cause – Minnesota Advisory Board chair and founding chair of Heritage Youth Sports Foundation. As a member of the Hennepin Healthcare Center's equity implementation committee and Community Advisory Committee for the Blue Line light rail extension on behalf of the Met Council, Brett continues to push for access and opportunity for all residents regardless of their social economic status.

Brett is a graduate of Metropolitan State University with a master’s degree in Advocacy and Political Leadership and he continues to build unique and lasting bridges between cultural, socio-economic, and geographic communities with the hopes to close the "gaps" that hinder our community to become "OneMinnesota".