KerryJo Felder still eats, breathes, and sleeps the betterment of Minneapolis Public School students on the Northside. A graduate of the Summatech magnet, who was the 2nd student to double magnet and also partake in the Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) for 2 years, her passion for this work began alongside a large coalition of alumni that saved North High School from the brink of closure in 2010. Since then, KerryJo has worked tirelessly in her professional and personal lives to advocate for the re-opening of Franklin Middle School and create strong feeder pathways and implement high-quality curriculum models. She is a proud Polar who bleeds royal blue & white and knows when given the opportunity, our kids can achieve anything!
KerryJo is an MPS parent of two children. One goes to Franklin Middle and the other goes to Olson Middle. She understands wanting options! She knows the district belongs to its parents and students and has no problem reminding anyone. She will work hard to lift your voice in creating solutions that address local disparities. A longtime convener of parents, students, grassroots community groups, unions, and MPS faculty and administrators- KerryJo possesses the experience and know-how to navigate systems and inspire them to work harder for North Minneapolis kids and she has done just that and is excited to do more.
KerryJo attends Waymen AME with her family. She finds joy in delivering food to those in need and has focused on 6+ households since the beginning of the pandemic.
She spends her “free” time with her family and trying to keep a foot in the door of many issues affecting the Northside like the Upper Harbor Terminal, the lightrail, affordable housing, environmental justice, Juneteenth, and she directs the Fremont Avenue Parade on Juneteenth.
Organizer, Minneapolis Regional Labor Federation: 2013 – Present
Field Organizer, Minnesotans for a Fair Economy: 2012-2013
Education Organizer, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change: 2011-2012
Juneteenth Board 2018 – Present
Director of Fremont Avenue Parade on Juneteenth 2018 -Present
Secretary, Minneapolis NAACP: 2015-2016
Board Member, Neighborhoods Organizing for Change (NOC): 2014-2018
Founding Member, Northside Schools Collective: 2013-Present
Food Share Organizer, St. James AME Church: 2012-2014
North High Advisory Group, Minneapolis Public Schools: 2011-2012
Leader, North Minneapolis Organizing for America: 2010-2012