Laverne McCartney Knighton portrait

Laverne McCartney Knighton

Area development director, United Negro College Fund


Based in the Twin Cities, Laverne McCartney Knighton oversees fundraising, scholarship program development, and external relations to benefit UNCF’s 37-member private, historically Black colleges and universities in Minnesota, Iowa, Nebraska, and the Dakotas.

Knighton is a graduation coach for AchieveMpls, a nonprofit partner of the Minneapolis Public Schools that helps prepare students for college and careers. She provides one-on-one mentoring to students to help keep them on the path to graduation while encouraging them to pursue their life dreams.