Jeremiah Program welcomes new Executive Director for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul campus, La Juana Whitmore

 MINNEAPOLIS, MN June 20, 2018

Following an extensive search, Jessica Lehman, Jeremiah Program’s COO announced today the hiring of La Juana Whitmore as the new Executive Director for the organization’s Minneapolis and Saint Paul campus. Her start date will be July 9th.

Whitmore comes to Jeremiah Program from Metropolitan Economic Development Association (MEDA) where she is Director of Consulting Solutions, leading a team of business consultants to assist over 850 minority entrepreneurs in starting and growing their Minnesota-based businesses. Prior to MEDA, she held a variety of roles at Target Corporation, including leadership positions in Enterprise Strategy & Innovation and Merchandise Process & Technology Development. She is a founder of BlackTwinCities.com and has acted as a small business consultant and entrepreneurship expert throughout her career.

“La Juana impressed us with her combination of corporate and non-profit experience. Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious,” said Deborah Burke, Chair of the Jeremiah Program Minneapolis-Saint Paul community board of trustees. “As a dynamic and strong executive director, she is a model of the values of the Jeremiah Program.”

In addition, Whitmore brings varied leadership experience and a unique perspective with active service to the community. She serves on the board of Synapse Minnesota and as an Advisory Council Member for the Harvard Business Review. She has also served on the boards of the Metro Independent Business Alliance and Women Entrepreneurs of Minnesota.“I am very excited to join the team at Jeremiah Program and look forward to contributing to the important work of moving families from poverty to prosperity, two generations at a time,” said Whitmore.

Whitmore holds a BS in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master’s degree in Public and Non-Profit Management from Metropolitan State University. She is a member of the Association for Strategic Planning and the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants. Whitmore is also a Six Sigma Yellow Belt.

“I’m thrilled about having somebody of La Juana’s caliber join our Minneapolis & Saint Paul campus. I know that all the participants, staff, and stakeholders will benefit from the vast experience, strategic leadership, and passion that La Juana brings to the Executive Director role. She is the perfect leader to carry on a legacy of proven results in our community and I look forward to working with her,” said Gloria Perez, Jeremiah’s CEO.

About Jeremiah Program

Jeremiah Program offers one of the nation’s most successful strategies for transforming families from poverty to prosperity two generations at a time. Jeremiah prepares determined single mothers to excel in the workforce, readies their children to succeed in school, and reduces generational dependence on public assistance. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Jeremiah Program also operates in Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN; Brooklyn, NY and Rochester-Southeast, MN.

For More Information, Contact: Jessica Lehman jlehman@jeremiahprogram.org 612.259.3010