Dewana Little

Dewana Little

Dewana Little

Board Member

I am a 3rd generation native of Asheville, with a deep love for my city and the tenacity to influence positive changes for disenfranchised communities.  I am passionate about strengthening and empowering the marginalized communities of Asheville and Buncombe County. I am currently the Marketing and Administrative Associate for Self-Help Credit Union, where I have developed several community development programs: Wealth building, Faithful communities, and Successful Transitions. I worked as the Water Quality Educator and Community Engagement Coordinator at Asheville GreenWorks for 4 years prior to my current job. During my time at Asheville GreenWorks, I developed and managed the Youth Environmental Leadership Program, which is a paid internship for marginalized youth. YELP in its 4th year and had grown from a 5 intern summer program to a 20 intern year around program. I was a major advocate for recycling access for low income communities which resulted in the implementation of recycling in 5 public housing developments within the city. I am the Co-Chair of the Board of Directors for Green Opportunities, the Co- founder of Positive Changes Youth Ministries, a member of the COA’s Affordable Housing Advisory Committee, New Economies Coalition, a member of the Board of Directors for the YMI Cultural Center, and NAACP. I was also the Chair of the COA’s Blue Ribbon Committee that was tasked with the development of the Human Relations Commission.

My vision for Asheville is for this city to become a model for the nation of what “Equity and Inclusion” more specifically “Racial Equity and Inclusion” looks like in every category. A city that lives the definition “A state in which all people in a given society share equal rights and opportunities”, “Inclusion: Authentically bringing traditionally excluded individuals and/or groups into processes, activities, and decision/policy making in a way that shares Power”. The ABCLT is a step in the right direction and I am committed to seeing the vision realized.

This board appointment will enable me to further my work with marginalized communities to address the affordable housing issues that is quickly gentrifying POC out of the city. It will also allow me to strengthen existing relationships and develop new ones to support the vision of the ABCLT. In this position I will be gaining new skills while expanding on existing ones to further empower community. I will be able to continue to work with community on wealth building through housing and improved living standards. All of this goes to helping me to achieve my long-term goal of “Having a positive Impact on a million lives, plus”.