Adair Mosley’s vision for racial equity in Minnesota

A side profile of a man on a stage
Adair Mosley is president and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities and will succeed Marcus Owens in October as the new CEO of the African American Leadership Forum. Courtesy Pillsbury United Communities.
Courtesy of Pillsbury United Communities

Adair Mosley has bold ideas for how to bring about racial equity in Minnesota.

As president and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities he raised $1 million last spring to give a $10,000 scholarship for college or post-secondary training to each graduating senior at North Community High School. 

During his years at the Minneapolis community nonprofit he also helped open a grocery store and wellness hub in a food desert and launched an economic development effort to support rebuilding businesses in North Minneapolis after George Floyd’s murder. 

Now Mosley has been tapped to bring his broad vision and economic innovations to a bigger stage. He’ll step into a new role in October as CEO at the African American Leadership Forum, a Black-led group formed in 2006 to close the gaps of racial disparities in Minnesota.  

MPR News host Angela Davis talked with Adair Mosley about his work in the community, why humility is central to leadership and what he hopes to do in his new job. 

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  • Adair Mosley is president and CEO of Pillsbury United Communities and will step into a new role in October as CEO of the African American Leadership Forum.  

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