Avonna received her bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Minnesota and her master’s degree in political management and advocacy from The George Washington University. She currently serves her community as a member of the Fridley School Board and Fridley Charter Commission member. Avonna became the Minnesota State Director of Clean Water Action Minnesota in November 2022, having worked in politics for almost two decades. A former legislative staffer, she has worked with dozens of candidates in Minnesota, most recently running the successful campaigns of the first woman of color to sit on the Anoka County Commission and the first Muslim woman of color to sit on the Blaine City Council. She has an extensive background in campaign management, fundraising, and community outreach.