DALLAS – April 22, 2021 – The Dallas Foundation, the first community foundation in Texas, is proud to announce North Texas leader Drexell Owusu as its new Chief Impact Officer, effective April 26. Owusu was most recently the Senior Vice President of Education & Workforce at the Dallas Regional Chamber, where he led the organization’s efforts to equitably grow and develop the existing regional education and workforce pipeline.
As Chief Impact Officer at The Dallas Foundation, Owusu will be responsible for leading a team focused on the Foundation’s community impact strategy to reduce intergenerational poverty and improve child well-being through investments in programs that ensure a strong and healthy start for children ages birth to three. He will work closely with philanthropic, nonprofit, and civic leaders throughout Dallas and collaborate with the Foundation’s 350+ donor partners to continue the Foundation’s proven track record of investing in transformational solutions..
“The Dallas Foundation is thrilled to name Drexell Owusu as our next Chief Impact Officer,” said Matthew Randazzo, President & CEO of The Dallas Foundation. “Drex has the proven experience and leadership necessary to drive our community impact strategy and continue our organization’s decades-long legacy of partnership and philanthropic investments to address today’s pressing needs while positioning Greater Dallas for a brighter, more equitable tomorrow.”
“I am honored to join The Dallas Foundation as its new Chief Impact Officer,” said Drexell Owusu. “I have committed my career to furthering our city and bettering our communities, and I look forward to working with our current and future donors, grantees, and community partners to make Dallas the most thriving city for all people.”
Prior to joining the Dallas Regional Chamber, Owusu was Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Brave Capital Partners, an investment company focused on catalyzing minority communities. Prior to founding Brave, he served as Managing Director and Chief of Staff for Civitas Capital Group. In addition to his leadership responsibilities at Civitas, he also was responsible for managing the GrowSouth Fund, a double-bottom line investment fund focused on investing in southern Dallas. Before joining Civitas, Owusu founded a strategy consultancy, The Owl Group, and previously held corporate strategy jobs at Blockbuster, FedEx Office, and Accenture. Owusu earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Rice University, where he was a two-time Track and Field All-American in the triple jump. He lives in Oak Cliff with his family.
ABOUT THE DALLAS FOUNDATION
The Dallas Foundation, established as the first community foundation in Texas in 1929, brings together people, ideas, and investments in Greater Dallas so individuals and families can reach their full potential. In 2019, The Dallas Foundation, in partnership with the more than 400 fundholders, invested over $70 million into the community. For more information, visit www.dallasfoundation.org, Facebook or Instagram.