Louis Porter II
Louis Porter II, Ed. D., is a longtime organization development/communication consultant, educator and writer. His consulting practice researches and develops effective organization development, diversity and communication solutions, strategies and innovations for a variety of organizations, including government, corporate, education, faith-based, arts and nonprofit.
Clients include the State of Minnesota, Minneapolis Public Schools, Jordan New Life Community Church/Minnesota Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, General Electric Medical Systems, Target, YWCA of Minneapolis, Central Neighborhood Improvement Association, VocalEssence, The INTER-RACE Institute, Mayo Clinic, the Department of Homeland Security-Transportation Security Administration, Macalester College, DePauw University and The College of St. Benedict-St. John’s University.
Dr. Porter has taught communication, English, leadership, educational leadership, workplace diversity and college success courses at a variety of institutions, including the University of Minnesota, University of Northwestern St. Paul, Concordia University of St. Paul and Minnesota State. Additionally, he is a teaching artist in creative writing and African American literature to students ranging from third grade to older adults.
He served as community liaison, working to improve access and facilitate processes to communities of color for programs and resources of the Minnesota State Arts Board.
A former daily newspaper reporter, his work has appeared in The St. Paul Pioneer Press, Star Tribune, Newsday, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe and The Times-Picayune. Porter has done commentary for Minnesota Public Radio and reporting for Boston Public Radio. His short story, “Reminders,” appears in Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota.