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.
In May 2015, Audua Pugh graduated with High Honors from North Hennepin Community College and attained an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. She received her bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan State University and is currently working towards her Masters in Advocacy & Political Leadership Program. 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.