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Victory Empowerment Fellow appointed as Minneapolis mayoral staffer

The Victory Fund and Institute this week congratulated Phillipe Cunningham on his appointment as Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’s senior policy aide for education and youth success.
As a senior policy aide, the mayor’s office has said that Cunningham will address, “racial disparities and closing the achievement gap for youth in Minneapolis.” Additionally, he will work on the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, a program launched by the White House to address opportunity gaps faced by boys and men of color in education, employment, and interactions with the criminal legal system.
Previously, Cunningham served on the City of Minneapolis’ Youth Violence Prevention Executive Committee and taught special education in Chicago Public Schools for three years as a member of the Chicago Teachers Union.
“I know that to achieve our goal of improving life outcomes for the city’s youth, we need the very brightest and most dedicated people,” said Hodges in a statement to The MinnPost. “I am thankful that Angela and Phillipe have chosen to be a part of my team and know that their contributions will benefit all of Minneapolis.”
Cunningham is a member of the inaugural 2015 class of the Victory Empowerment Fellowship. The fellowship sends emerging LGBTQ leaders of color and transgender leaders to Victory’s Candidate and Campaign Training and International LGBTQ Leadership Conference, and connects alumni to ongoing opportunities for leadership development.
Click here for more information about the Victory Empowerment Fellowship.