About Us

Hope United CDC was originally established by Sanctuary Covenant Church as a 501 (c ) (3) nonprofit for enhanced community engagement. In 2013, Sanctuary CDC became Hope United CDC and assumed a new community-based governance model.  While retaining some of the original core programming, we made adjustments to reflect a broader community base, and nimbly established new programs in response to the community’s needs.

These responses have included adopting Franklin Middle School Minneapolis, inspiration for the formation of NorthPlus (a collaborative initiative to increase African American financial capabilities) and leadership in the Christian community’s response to diminishing racial animus.
HUCDC remains committed to our faith-based values as we pursue upward mobility for individuals and families in the areas of education, engagement, and economics.

Executive Director Letter

We care deeply about helping people overcome poverty. Success requires awareness that the fabric of our Twin Cities’ community is flawed by threads of bad assumptions, biases, and policies concerning race that breed, and sustain poverty and other racialized impacts on human well-being.  These impediments to human thriving are pervasive, complex, and insidiously interrelated.  Our strategies factor those truths and guide us in developing programs and collaborations that integrate diverse people, organizations, and resources to help transform individuals, families, and communities.


Our Team


Richard H. Coleman

Executive Director


Norman Harrington

Program Director


Cheryl Anderson


Board of Directors

Lonnie Humphrey


Supply Chain Sr. Director West, Nordstrom. Lonnie invests his business acumen and perspectives as a congregational lay leader in HUCDC’s governance and leadership.

Dr. Herbert Klem


Dr. Klem is a retired college and seminary processor whose global and contextual theological perspectives help to guide HUCDC in community engagement.


Lisa Erikson


Command Chief Master Sgt. , MN National Guard. Chief Erikson offer HUCDC extensive leadership experience as a strategist, administrator, and leader.

Rita Tolbert


Director Multicultural Marketing, United Healthcare. Rita’s global communication, marketing, and faith insights are great values in guiding and governing HUCDC.

Rev. Dr. Russell A. Pointer, Sr.


Senior Pastor, Minneapolis Central Church of Christ. Dr Pointer brings extensive local and national leadership effectiveness and community awareness to HUCDC.


Lee Parker


Twin Cities Representative, St. Scholastica College. Lee’s faith, dedication to the community and professional experience in post-secondary education are powerful assets for HUCDC.


Cam Selmer


His professional experience includes real estate development consulting as well as sports business, focused on collaborating with the next generation of leaders in the Twin Cities

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