Our New CEO: Dwayne Crenshaw

Dwayne Crenshaw is a well-vested, longtime, inclusive community leader and highly effective executive management professional and innovator. Professionally, for more than 21 years, Dwayne has advanced issues of community development, social justice and racial equity with organizations such as RISE San Diego, San Diego Pride, the Coalition of Neighborhood Councils and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Prior to these executive leadership roles, he was a public servant as a key policy aide to state and local elected officials.

Presently, Dwayne is the President & CEO of RISE@Work (dba The Humanity Movement) responsible for the organization’s effective management and operation on a day-to-day basis while leading the teams policy development and advocacy work.

He previously served as CEO and Co-Founder of RISE San Diego from 2014 to 2020, as the executive director of San Diego LGBT Pride from 2011 to 2013 and the Coalition of Neighborhood Councils from 2005 to 2009, where he advanced issues of community development and social justice. From 2000 to 2004, he promoted resident ownership of neighborhood change in southeastern San Diego as the director of community ownership at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. San Diego Metropolitan Magazine has named Dwayne Crenshaw as one of “San Diego’s Smartest Young Professionals – 40 under 40.”

Prior to his roles in nonprofit management, Dwayne Crenshaw had eight years of government experience as an aide to state and San Diego local elected officials, including former California’s Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. Dwayne Crenshaw began his public service career as one of eighteen James M. Unruh Assembly Fellows who are chosen from hundreds of applicants each year to serve in the California state capitol.

He graduated from San Diego State University in 1994 where he majored in elementary education and was elected student body president of the then 35,000-student campus. While working in the state capitol, he completed the coursework for a master’s in government from California State University, Sacramento. In 2011, Dwayne Crenshaw his juris doctorate from California Western School of Law, where he twice earned the highly-coveted Distinguished Advocate recognition.

Dwayne is a native Californian and long-term resident of the historically underserved, lower income and majority people of color Encanto community in San Diego. His deep knowledge of urban neighborhoods and volunteerism/community activism, which began at the age of thirteen, are invaluable in his role as a nonprofit, civic and community leader.

His community service has included membership with the Southeast Rotary Club and participation on boards for San Diego State; Lincoln, High Tech and Hoover High Schools; the San Diego Union-Tribune; UC San Diego’s Chancellor; the San Diego Community College District; San Diego’s Chief of Police; The Committed Collective; Harmonium, Inc; Torrey Pines Bank; and, Encanto Neighborhoods Community Planning Group.

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