Dawn (she/her) was born and raised in Los Angeles, but currently resides in Oakland, where she’s lived off and on for the past 30 years. She earned a BA in Political Science, a Master of Public Administration, completed three years of law school, and has recently been accepted to the graduate program in Early Childhood Education at Mills College. Her professional focus has been centered on non-profit management, executive-level administration, legal research, data collection/evaluation, in addition to delivering direct services and facilitating Know Your Rights workshops to the community.
Currently Dawn has been working in an elementary school, where her focus has been on early childhood development, parent engagement, outreach and an overall community wellness vision. She is trained in all three Tiers of Restorative Justice, with the intention of holding restorative justice circles and having restorative conversations with students experiencing conflict. She is the Vice Chair of the School Site Council which plays a role in decision making at the school, specifically regarding Title 1 funds. She also sits on the school’s Culture and Climate Committee. At the community center, Dawn assists both Joe and Jeff with a variety of administrative and outreach tasks, and coordinates/facilitates several support groups.
In her spare time, Dawn is a published author with two current book projects in the works, a blogger, and a social and political activist who wholly believes that she has the responsibility to use her words, whether they be written or verbal, to uplift, motivate and specifically address issues that affect her community. She is a trained dancer and gymnast who has performed with several companies throughout the Bay Area, and currently teaches ballet, contemporary and West African dance at the Downtown Berkeley YMCA, and she’s also blessed to be the mother of 3 beautiful young black men.