Rose McGee is Founder of the Sweet Potato Comfort Pie organization. She is a well-known facilitator, one of Minnesota’s 50 Over 50, a member of Women Who Really Cook, the Women’s Business Development Center, Golden Valley League of Women Voters, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, and works as a Humanities Officer for Minnesota Humanities Center. She is the former president of the NAACP in Rochester, MN and now resides in Golden Valley, Minnesota where she was named “Citizen of The Year,” and was presented the “Bill Hobbs Human Rights Award” twice. She was a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Bush Fellowship, and has been featured in the national PBS documentary, “A Few Good Pie Places.” Rose is the author of the book, Story Circle Stories, as well as a children’s book, Can’t Nobody Make a Sweet Potato Pie Like Our Mama, which was published in 2021 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. She is also the author of a play, Kumbayah The Juneteenth Story, which tells the story and history behind Juneteenth, and has been performed in multiple venues in the MN metro area as well as Duluth, MN. Rose also delivered a TEDx Talk, The Power of Pie. Other recognition includes: The Lorraine Hansberry Award for Outstanding Black Women in Minnesota, NAACP Outstanding Service Awards, Stairstep Foundation’s African Immersion to Ghana, West Africa, Jerome Foundation Travel Grant to Ghana, West Africa, and Minnesota Social Impact Center Change Maker Award.
Rose earned degrees from Lane College Jackson, Tennessee and Lesley University Cambridge, Massachusetts.