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Mr. Herman L. McKinney

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Company Description: The Breakfast Group is an organization of African-American male professionals who provide leadership by example and mentoring services to African-American and other...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Masters Degree
    University of Washington School of Social Work
  • Bachelors degree
    The University of Oregon
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Herman ..., 13 June 2014 [cached]
Herman McKinney
Herman received his Bachelors degree from The University of Oregon and his Masters Degree from the University of Washington School of Social Work in June of 1968. He had the opportunity to serve as Assistant Dean there for nine years. Afterwards, he started a small business (Extra Hands) and operated it successfully for over eight years before moving on to the position of Vice President for Urban Affairs at The Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce. Herman retired two years ago and currently serves on saveral non-profit boards, including: The Breakfast Group, The Seattle Art Museum, The Graduate School Advisory Board, The Police Foundation, and The University of Oregon Foundation.
Remembering Herman ..., 14 April 2014 [cached]
Remembering Herman McKinney
McKinney advocated tirelessly for diversity, inclusion in the Puget Sound region
The Chamber was saddened by the news this weekend of our former colleague Herman McKinney passing away. His tireless advocacy for diversity and moving the city toward a more inclusive, multicultural community will be greatly missed in our region's business sector.
As the founding director of the Urban Enterprise Center, Mr. McKinney was instrumental in drawing the attention of the Chamber and broader business community to unmet needs in Seattle's urban areas. Under his leadership, the UEC coordinated public, private and non-profit resources to make sure that economic development efforts expand the circle of prosperity, a challenge that continues today.
Mr. McKinney's legacy includes his good works such as founding The Breakfast Group and the groundbreaking emphasis he placed on diversifying graduate education during his tenure as assistant dean of the UW Graduate School, as well as the Herman L. McKinney Economic Empowerment Forums, which are part of the Chamber's multicultural business outreach.
The Seattle Times published an article on Mr. McKinney on Sunday, here.
Herman McKinney Economic ..., 23 Jan 2014 [cached]
Herman McKinney Economic Empowerment Forum
Herman McKinney This Series was named after a former pioneer for multicultural and small business development, Mr. Herman L McKinney. Herman was a former vice president for urban affairs for the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, who worked with business and community leaders to create jobs that enabled thousands of people in the Northwest to get off welfare rolls. The chamber had a close working relationship with the affiliate, The Urban Enterprise Center. Mr. McKinney became the executive director of the UEC and in that capacity secured employment for more than 6,000 residents of the Central Area and Rainier Valley.
A 1969 recipient of a master's of social work degree from the UW, McKinney is also a former assistant dean in the UW Graduate School.
"Sam Smith mentored George Fleming, who ..., 7 June 2006 [cached]
"Sam Smith mentored George Fleming, who mentored Ron Sims," McKinney says.
"Back in the day, some people said we were out on the street because we didn't have any phones to call with," adds McKinney.
"The things that have happened in Columbia City are absolutely spectacular, and it's impacting Rainier Valley at large," says Herman McKinney, a Breakfast Group committee chair and executive director of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce's Urban Enterprise Center.
Ex,Rice aide Griffin differs with Herman McKinney and his former boss on the turn of events in Columbia City, saying that the neighborhood's renaissance has contributed to displacement of lower- and middle-class blacks.
"When I lived in Madrona, I told people not to sell because they were sitting on a gold mine," says McKinney.
"A lot of youngsters got excited by basketball when they felt baseball was too slow," says McKinney."So I'm not sure people have rejected politics or baseball, they've just gone where they can better utilize their talent."
Couple that with what Gossett and others see as a current lull in grassroots efforts, and Seattle's African-American power base appears to be in a bit of a quandary.But as McKinney and Sims point out, whatever apathy exists may be eroding quicker than a Gulf Coast levee in a storm.
"The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina really exposed the underbelly of this nation," says McKinney.
"Politics might not be on the front burner," McKinney concludes.
Urban League, 29 Aug 2004 [cached]
Herman McKinney
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