Collective Impact Work

The African American Leadership Forum’s (AALF) Collective Impact work is informed by the principles of human-centered design and comprised of two distinct parts: the Task Force and Work Streams. The Black leaders and social innovators who participate in our Task Force and Work Streams are considered Network contributors, these are individuals who volunteer their time, talent, and treasure to our work and actively engage with us in our efforts to improve the lives of African Americans in Minnesota.

About the Task Force & Work Streams

AALF’s Task Force is a group of 8-10 dynamic African American leaders from across the Twin Cities, who are chosen through an application and interview process to strategize and set a Black vision around four focus areas: Education, Health & Wellness, Economic Development, and Family & Culture. Over a period of 10 months, these individuals help identify the priorities that the Work Streams will build upon; homing in on the most pressing issues facing the Black community and taking action. Major Task Force responsibilities include:

  • Aligning with AALF’s Collective Impact Plan, Strategic Plan objectives, and outputs for fiscal year
  • Reviewing Forum Network volunteer interests
  • Identifying Forum Network leader profiles, identifying (“who” does the work, “who” leads, and who “participates” in committees, cohorts, fellowships, forums, and events)
  • Designing a plan of action based on identified need(s)
  • Communicating and recruiting identified Forum Network leaders
  • Creating a master calendar for community engagement
  • Evaluating year-end outcomes of organizational impact
  • Co-leading Work Stream committees (Work Streams are volunteer-based work groups to move work created in the Task Force forward)

 “For education specifically, I was ‘mind stuck’ while thinking and processing. I kept thinking about how inefficient and broken current systems are. Listening to the perspectives of the other task force members helped me to remember the power of the Black community, and the importance of redefining the future our way.” – A 2019 Collective Impact Task Force Member Reflection

Interested in becoming a Network contributor by supporting AALF’s Collective Impact effort? Contact LaCora Bradford Kesti, Program Director, at