staff & officers
Founder and President
Francis Harris of St. Paul, cofounder, Urban Partnership Community Development Center in St. Paul. Harris co-founded the Urban Partnership in 1999. The community-based organization that serves disadvantaged African-Americans in St. Paul has a mission to “enhance the soul of our community through connecting senior citizens to each other and to living assistance services.” While Harris was executive director at the organization, Urban Partnership developed programs to help more than 400 older adults and their caregivers with issues such as overcoming social isolation, working while caregiving and accessing social services and supports. In her retirement, Harris volunteers, helping children improve their reading skills.
Elizabeth Webster joined Urban Partnership in 2004 as a grant writer and has been involved in program development, strategic planning, and board development. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries from Bethel University and a Mini-MBA in Nonprofit Management from The Center for Nonprofit Management, University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota.
As I sit and listen to the seniors’ diverse life stories, I am always amazed… “The smile on their faces do not reflect the tears they have shed or the miles they have walked.”