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#InvestBLK’s clients can be assured that a portion of their fee to this business will be redistributed to a people, movements, organizers, or organizations that support Black people and historically marginalized communities.
Dennis Maurice Dumpson is an author, thought leader, strategic consultant, and racial equity practitioner. He is Founder and Principal Consultant of #InvestBLK, a boutique racial equity & strategic planning consulting firm specializing in strategy development, training, and coaching for nonprofits and leaders. Prior to #InvestBLK, Dennis served as a Diversity Teaching Fellow & Lecturer with Community College of Philadelphia.
Previously, he served as the first Director of Community Engagement & Outreach at the Philadelphia International Airport; Managing Director of Development & External Impact at KIPP Philadelphia Schools; and Vice President of Development at Opportunity Finance Network. Currently, Dennis’ client list (past and current) includes Philadelphia250, Arts & Business Council of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Museum of Art, La Salle University, Lincoln University, Montgomery Child Advocacy Project, CORA Services, KIPP Philadelphia Schools and others.
As a thought leader, Dennis has been consulted and published widely on the topics of racial equity, justice, and anti-Blackness, including articles in the Washington Post, Socialist Worker, CBS Money as well as his books: What My Colored Eyes See (2009) and Black Washed: A Collection of Essays, Poems, Dreams, and Letters Addressed to Black Folk (2021). He will soon release his forthcoming book, Other Side of Soil: Our Journey through Mud and Magic (Very Black Books, 2022). Previously, he served on the Board of Directors for the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, YMCA — Columbia North, and Arch Street Preschool.
Dennis holds a BA in Philosophy (concentration in English Literature) from the nation’s first degree granting HBCU, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania, and earned an MBA in Global Finance with fellowship & residency in Santiago, Chile and São Paulo, Brazil from Saint Joseph’s University. He is currently a Ph.D. student studying Social Justice Education at the University of San Diego.
For instance, Gaby introduced accessibility standards in the parent communication strategy at a nonprofit college access program in Chicagoland. Their training used a Plain Language Framework to center the literacy needs of over 3000 low-income, multilingual families. Currently, Gaby leads the development of anti-racism research guidelines for a developmental psychology lab at Northwestern University.
They center Black and brown, LGBTQIA2S, and youth communities in the work they do. That means their anti-oppression is fiercely Pro-Black. Their equity, inclusion, and justice frameworks are Queer AF. And their vision for a better world holds young people as sacred leaders.
Gaby has a B.A. in Education and Sociology from Smith College. But their love of learning started before and continued beyond earning a formal degree. Gaby is their fullest self while with their chosen family, enjoying live music, traveling, or sharing a meal they’ve cooked.