As a community focused, culturally responsive community leader, Nick Dawkins continues to raise the bar for innovation and for what is possible in leading for equity in educational excellence. A leader and catalyst for change in the current educational reform efforts, Nick’s two decades of experience in working in schools and communities has given him a deep insight, inspiration, and commitment to the youth in Denver, Colorado and surrounding communities. As an educator and school leader Nick has tirelessly worked to close achievement gaps and increase access and equity to experiences that create significant impacts in the lives of our students from various cultures and regions throughout the city. Now as an Executive Director, Nick is committed to continuing the work of building positive relationships that connect and motivate great people, engage families and communities, and effectively manage resources to positively impact community health. He is currently focused on disrupting the school-to-prison pipeline and increasing access to the abundance of opportunities that economic and educational empowerment ensures.