Audua Pugh was born in Chicago Illinois, the daughter of a single parent. Her family originated from Mississippi, then migrated to Cairo, Illinois and later moved to the Morgan Park area of Chicago, Illinois, where she grew up until adulthood. She moved to Minneapolis Minnesota in 1985.
Audua is a recovered drug user, having turned her life around over thirteen (13) years ago. She is an active servant in her church, Greater Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church. Currently she serves as Chair of Cherish Our Church Green Team, Co-Chair of the Deaconess Board, as well as past Chairperson of the Prison Ministry, Secretary of the Mission, Mentor for the Chosen Vessel Teen Girls Ministry, Church School Teacher, VBS Teacher & Teen Bible Study Teacher. In 2014, she was appointed to serve as Vice President at Large of the Minnesota State Baptist Convention Women’s Auxiliary.
In May 2015, Audua Pugh graduated with High Honors from North Hennepin Community College and attained an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. She is currently a student at Metropolitan State University with a tentative completion date of May 2018. She is a member of the SSS/TRiO Program and a Phi Theta Kappa Honor’s Society Alum.
Currently, Audua is the Board Chair of Jordan Area Community Council. She has lived in the Jordan neighborhood for 9 years with her husband, Michael and daughter, Aniya. Audua always says, “I love North Minneapolis! I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. North Minneapolis is convenient, you can get anywhere in the city you need to be in approximately 20 minutes. We live in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city.” We live in an array of culture!
Being a part of JACC has been stimulating and surprising, welcoming and enjoyable. The organization is growing into a new-found family. Cathy Spann is energetic and intelligent and the Board supports her decisions. The Board is not the board of years ago, we are moving forward to be more cohesive, structured, and an inclusive board, where all are welcome.