Trustee Clarence Hightower
Board of Trustees Chair
Congressional District #3
Legislative District #45A
Term Dates: July 2, 2008, through
June 30, 2014
Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties
450 Syndicate Street N., Suite 60
St. Paul, MN 55104
Clarence Hightower, Plymouth, is the Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties, part of a nationwide partnership organization of over 1,000 agencies, and the largest partnership agency serving Minnesota. In this role, Mr. Hightower guides the work of an agency first established in 1964 as a program of the War on Poverty, and is involved in grassroots public policy and community engagement activities. His responsibilities include management of a $20 million budget, a staff of 300, and oversight of more than 30 sites.
For 10 years, Hightower served as President/CEO of the Minneapolis Urban League, where he gained a national reputation for programming, planning, and the delivery of needed services to the community. His long career in the human services arena has earned him recognition as a savvy administrator, respected leader, trusted steward, collaborator, negotiator, and advocate.
Hightower is currently the chair of the Board of Trustees, an elected position that he has held since July of 2012. From July 2010 to June 2012, he was elected the vice chair of the Board of Trustees. Other leadership positions include serving as chair of the Finance and Facilities Committee and the Human Resources Committee.
Hightower received a bachelor's degree from Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall and a master's degree in human and community service from George Williams College (IL). He is an ordained minister, a devoted husband, and proud father of one daughter.
Trustee Hightower was first appointed to the Board of Trustees by Gov. Jesse Ventura in 2002 and was reappointed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty in 2008 for a six-year term expiring June 30, 2014.