Departing president
Minneapolis NAACP

Levy-Pounds quickly became the face of resurgent racial equity movement in the Twin Cities, parlaying her academic credentials (law professor at the University of St. Thomas) and a knack for attracting media attention into determined and often divisive public protests and civil disobedience. Her 2015 departure from academia, followed by her planned NAACP transition, has many guessing as to her next steps—and the fate of the causes she eloquently champions. Whatever her next steps, Levy-Pounds will take them with credibility and a platform unique in Twin Cities social justice circles.

Editor's Note: Following publication of the TCB 100, Levy-Pounds announced she was running for mayor of Minneapolis in 2017.