Interim Executive Director at Year Up Dallas/Fort Worth and National Site Director, West
Dwight Powery is the National Site Director at Year Up, a nationally workforce development nonprofit organization, where he is responsible for all of Year Up’s West Coast operations. With over 250 corporate partners nationwide, including General Electric, LinkedIn, State Street, and Salesforce, Year Up provides young adults with the opportunity to reach their full career potential through paid training and corporate internships. Dwight comes to Year Up with more than 30 years of executive experience in both corporate and nonprofit environments. While at LifeMoves, a major nonprofit that works to support the transition of homeless families to stability, Dwight served as the Vice President of Strategy, Operations, and Technology. Prior to holding that role, Dwight worked in global account management, services and operations at Hewlett Packard. An active community member, Dwight volunteers as a youth basketball coach, works closely with the Arthritis Foundation of Northern California, and served as a board member of Friends of CARRA (Children Arthritis Rheumatology and Research Alliance). Dwight graduated from Columbia University and completed the Executive Development program at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.Read More
DFW Advisory Board
Lee Hobson (Chair)
Founder at Highside Capital Management
Prior to founding Highside in 2003, Lee Hobson was a partner at Maverick Capital from 1994 to 2003, where he focused on investments in the consumer sector and in Latin America. Prior to Maverick, he worked with PepsiCo Foods International in finance and new business development, with Goldman Sachs as a corporate finance analyst in New York and with Societe Generale as an analyst in the capital markets group in Paris. He is a graduate of Princeton University (cum laude) and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Mr. Hobson serves as a board member of the University of Texas Investment Management Company (UTIMCO), Children’s Health System of Texas, Dallas Museum of Art, Virginia Theological Seminary, Teach for America of Dallas Fort Worth and Year Up of Dallas Fort Worth. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Dallas Committee on Foreign Relations and is a National Council Member of the American Enterprise Institute.
Mr. Hobson is a member of St. Michael’s and All Angels Church. He is married and has three children.Read More
Chief Executive Officer at Reliance Methods
Tynesia Boyea-Robinson exemplifies cross-sector leadership. In her book, Just Change: How To Collaborate For Lasting Impact, Tynesia shares her experience investing in cities and leaders across the country. The goal of Just Change is to help readers understand what’s working, what’s not working and why in order to improve their own communities. In her previous role as Chief Impact Officer of Living Cities, Tynesia was responsible for ensuring $100M of investment produced outcomes that improved the lives of low income people across the country.
In 2011, Boyea-Robinson founded Reliance Methods to help Fortune 500 clients like the Carlyle Group, Marriott, and others change the way the world does business. As President and CEO of Reliance Methods, she continues to demonstrate how business and community goals can powerfully align towards mutual outcomes. For example, she leveraged effective cross-sector partnerships to help establish the Social Innovation Fund and the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act. Additionally, as founding Executive Director of Year Up National Capital Region (NCR) she raised $20M, was recognized by President Obama, and supported the organization to ensure thousands of low-income young adults are hired in careers with family-sustaining wages.
Boyea-Robinson received her MBA from Harvard Business School and has a dual degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University.Read More
Father Jason Cargo
Reverend Jason Cargo was raised in Plano and received his Bachelors in Science in Meteorology from Texas A&M. Entering seminary, he entered his bachelors in Sacred Theology from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome in 2005 and his License in Sacred Theology from the University of the Holy Cross in 2008. He was ordained to the Sacred Order of Priesthood in 2007 by Bishop Kevin Farrell. Since his ordination in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, Fr. Cargo has served a number of area parishes including St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Monica. In 2011, Fr. Cargo was appointed pastor of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Corsican. In 2016, he was transferred to St. Joseph Catholic Church in Richardson as pastor. Fr. Cargo serves on the Presbyteral Council and College of Consulters for the Diocese of Dallas. He is a board member of the Catholic Pro-Life Committee of North Texas and Fr. Cargo is a spiritual advisor for the Circle Ten Council of the Boy Scouts of America and for TOBET.Read More
Chief Operating Officer at Commit2Dallas
Sagar Desai is the Chief Operating Officer at the Commit2Dallas. Beyond providing executive oversight for the organization’s operations and strategic plan, Sagar has incubated multiple regional, systemic initiatives for the Partnership like the Dallas County Promise and Best in Class: developing anchor strategic plans, aligning the community, securing initial resources, and hiring staff. Currently, Sagar is leading the effort to launch a coalition of state leaders to support strategic policies that improve outcomes for students. Sagar previously worked at InsideTrack, an organization focused on improving college graduation rates through personalized student coaching and technology. As a Project Manager and Analyst, he built high-impact analysis to support business development and drive operational improvements and led the development of systems to help the organization scale its impact. Over the years, Sagar has also contributed to this work in various others capacities. In Chicago, he consulted for Chicago International Charter Schools (a 16-school charter network) where he developed their initial technology strategy. He has also consulted for Chicago Public Schools, identifying over $25mm in cost savings from its transportation operations.
Sagar is an alum of the Mayors Star Council and of Leadership Dallas (LD’17). He received his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering.Read More
President of Central Regional Mobility at AT&T
Fred Devereux leads the retail sales and distribution teams in 16 states throughout the central United States. Fred’s team is almost 10,000 strong, and is responsible for operations, financial performance, and customer experience for AT&T’s mobility and entertainment businesses. Fred is an industry veteran with over 26 years of wireless telecommunications experience. He began his career in 1991 with Los Angeles Cellular, which later became part of AT&T. As Vice President of Sales for AT&T Wireless, he launched and managed the San Diego market from 1999 to 2002. He then moved to the Bay Area where he led the Northern California market as Vice President and General Manager for six years. From 2008 to 2017, Fred was the West Region President, overseeing AT&T’s retail sales and distribution in 13 western states, including Alaska and Hawaii. He led a team of nearly 7,000 employees and made a lasting impact on the region with his connection to his people, commitment to our customers, passion for sales, and drive for innovation. Fred has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Chapman University and a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Arizona State University. He and his family live in Dallas, Texas.Read More
Partner at Locke Lord
Don Glendenning is a partner at Locke Lord, where he has practiced since graduating from Stanford Law School in 1979. His civic and philanthropic efforts are focused in (i) Social Justice and Understanding, where he has served in such roles as president of the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, chairman of the Thanks-Giving Foundation and a director of the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance, (ii) Public Health, where he has served as a director of the Parkland Foundation and co-chair of the $150 million philanthropic campaign for the new Parkland hospital, (iii) Education, where he has served as Chairman of the Dallas Zoological Society and as a director of KERA and the board of the SMU Tower Center, (iv) the Environment, where he has served as a director of the National Tree Trust, Arbor Day Foundation and Texas Trees Foundation, and (v) the Arts, where he has served on the boards of the Dallas Theater Center and the SMU Meadows School and serves as co-chair of the Founders Circle of The Arts Community Alliance, TACA.Read More
Superintendent at KIPP, Dallas-Fort Worth
President and Chief Executive Officer at North Dallas Chamber of Commerce
Ken has served as the President and CEO of the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce (NDCC) since June 2017 where he is responsible for the oversight of all Chamber programs, operations, new member generation and communications with the Board of Directors. In addition, he leads the staff of the NDCC and the Chamber’s strong public affairs presence in the Dallas area.
Prior to joining the NDCC, Ken had a lengthy career as an executive in the health insurance and benefits business with Aetna, Towers Perrin, CIGNA, Express Scripts and most recently as the West Region CEO for the Commercial Segment of Humana. Immediately before joining the Chamber, Ken served as the CEO of a health care start-up – Afferent Provider Solutions.
Ken also has a real passion for civic engagement as evidenced by his key impact roles in numerous non-profit organizations. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the YMCA of Metro Dallas, the Dallas Regional Chamber, Momentous Institute, the Dallas Breakfast Group, the Dallas Friday Group and the Friends of Katy Trail.
Ken has a B.A. in political science and government from Southern Methodist University, where he has served on the Board of Trustees, Chair of the SMU Alumni Board, and a multitude of executive and advisory Boards.
About the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce
The North Dallas Chamber of Commerce is an association of businesses and individuals who come together to promote the most favorable environment for business. We are here to make Dallas a better place to live, work, raise a family and build a business.Read More
Founder at Lyn Muse Interiors, Inc.
Lyn Muse a graduate from The University of California in Los Angeles, received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Design. After several years of residing in London, England, Lyn and her husband John returned to Dallas in the early 90s. Lyn currently is the founder and director of Lyn Muse Interiors, a residential and commercial interior design firm. Lyn currently sits on the board of Dallas County Community College District.Read More
Senior Vice President at Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Alfreda Norman oversees the Bank’s communications and public outreach programs, which support economic growth and an increased understanding of the economy and the role of the Federal Reserve. She has responsibilities for corporate communications, publications/digital services, community development, economic education and financial institution relationship management. Before becoming a senior vice president, she served as vice president of community development at the Dallas Fed, promoting financial stability for lower-income communities and individuals. Prior to joining the Bank in 2004, Norman was one of the first neighborhood development officers hired by Bank of America in Texas, in charge of developing a strategic community development plan to extend credit to low- and moderate-income communities. In addition to banking, she has extensive experience working with the public and private sectors. She has held management positions at the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and The Container Store corporate headquarters in Dallas.
Norman is a board trustee at the Communities Foundation of Texas and chairs the philanthropy committee. She serves on the executive board of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University and is a board trustee and a member of the public affairs committee at Southwestern Medical Foundation. She is on the executive board of Big Thought and the advisory board of Year Up D/FW and is a member of the North Texas Asset Funders Network, Dallas Assembly and Executive Women’s Roundtable.
She earned a bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Graduate School of Retail Banking.Read More
Senior Vice President/President of Education and Workforce at Dallas Regional Chamber
Director at Ignite Arts Dallas Institute
Clyde Valentín was born and raised in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. He is the Co-founder and former Executive Director of Hi-ARTS (formerly known as the Hip-Hop Theater Festival). He is the inaugural Director of Ignite/Arts Dallas: People, Purpose + Place the community engagement initiative at SMU Meadows School of the Arts. The mission of Ignite/Arts Dallas is to challenge the imagination of students and citizens to envision more just and vibrant communities through art and culture experiences. Clyde was a 2015 Community + Culture Fellow of the National Arts Strategies’ Chief Executive Program. Valentín is an advisory committee member of the Latinx Theater Commons and has served as a consultant or panelist for numerous national arts organizations including Creative Capital, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), YouthSpeaks/Brave New Voices, the New England Foundation for the Arts, Theater Communications Group (TCG), the National Association of Latino Arts & Culture (NALAC), the National Performance Network (NPN) and AlternateROOTS.Read More