Justin Terrell is a community advocate with a track record of leading successful issue campaigns. With an expertise in Criminal Justice and Democracy reform, Terrell has led campaigns to expand fair hiring and remove barriers to voting. Terrell is an accomplished trainer and has led political education locally, nationally and in Central Europe. Terrell has mobilized thousands across the State of Minnesota and has worked to develop community members as advocates, organizers and leaders.
In 2013, Justin led the campaign to move Target Corporation to remove barriers to employment for people with criminal records. The campaign concluded with Target Corporation adopting a Ban the Box policy and supporting a statewide Ban the Box law. For this work, Justin was awarded the 2014 Facing Race Ambassador Award from the Saint Paul Foundation.
As the Executive Director of the Council for Minnesotans of African Heritage, Terrell has focused on expanding the capacity of the agency by increasing its budget, increasing staffing and increasing engagement from the community and legislators. Current efforts include building a statewide network of advocates and connecting constituents and lawmakers to policy efforts led by the African Heritage community.
Justin has a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Bethel University with over ten years of experience working with youth and families in crisis. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Advocacy and Political Leadership at Metro State University. Justin has over seven years of policy and advocacy work and has been trained/mentored by the founder of Black Organizing Leadership Development (B.O.L.D.), was a 2014 Great Lakes Consortium Fellow and served on the Minneapolis Civilian Police Review Board (now the Office of Police Misconduct) for six years. Terrell lives in Richfield Minnesota with his wife and two young children. He is also a mentor of over ten years to a college student athlete