About Nexus Community Partners
Our Team

Nonkululeko Shongwe

  • Director of Community Wealth Building
  • Pronouns: She/her
  • Year Hired: 2017

I joined Nexus Community Partners in July 2017 as the Community Wealth Building Coordinator through the AmeriCorps VISTA program that is sponsored by The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation of Minnesota. In August 2019, I was hired on full-time, and in 2020, I became a Program Manager. I support different Community Wealth Building initiatives at Nexus including the North Star Black Cooperative Fellowship, the Nexus Cooperative Development Fellowship, and regranting.

About Nonkululeko

I am currently a Master of Human Rights candidate at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. My concentrated area of study is economic, cultural, and social justice for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Communities with a focus on economic development. I graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and minors in Communication Studies and French in 2017. I am passionate about work that aims to liberate Black and Brown people. I enjoy cooking, reading, catching up on my favorite shows, and exploring the Twin Cities and the opportunities available here.

“It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains.”

Assata Shakur