Meet Dawn: A Fighter for Us
I am the proud mother of two sons, Daylin and Chauncey. I am also blessed to be a GiGi to Edin, the most charming five-year-old on this side of heaven, and his expected sister, Adalyn. I am a life-long community servant fighting for equal rights and justice on local, state, and national issues.
I’ve gained a reputation for being “feisty” and “stubborn.” That reputation is spot on. I make it my business to fight for my community and my family. My fighting spirit and village of support is what allowed me to earn bachelors and masters degrees while raising my two sons as a single mom. It is also what drives me to make sure every student and family has the same opportunities.
As a school board member, I have fought for true equity across East Baton Rouge School System while obtaining much needed wins in my political district. In my district, I have been able to secure $15 million to implement creative sciences and arts magnet programming, and I advocated for those resources to be leveraged for all students, not just students in special programs. I have also fought to make sure all of our flooded schools were renovated so our children could learn in safe classrooms. And when Exxon wanted tax breaks at the expense of our school system, I fought back to make sure they contributed their fair share to our children’s education.
As Vice President of East Baton Rouge’s School Board, I fight against crony corruption, wasteful spending, and profiteering off of our children’s education. I fight to keep our public education democratically controlled, to pay our teachers better, and to invest in our schools’ buildings and programming.
But my fight goes beyond our schools. When police said Victor White III committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest while handcuffed in the back of their police car, I stood side by side with his father as he fought for justice. During the push for Medicaid Expansion, when thousands of our neighbors’ lives were on the line, I kept fighting for us in the face of a state government that refused to prioritize peoples’ health. When Walmart workers marched and fought for a living wage, I marched and fought alongside them. And as special interests seek to privatize and demoralize our public schools, I’ve been fighting to keep our schools publicly controlled and well-resourced.
I grew up in East Baton Rouge, attended what’s now called Liberty Magnet High School, and then earned degrees from Southern University and A&M College. I raised my two sons, Daylin and Chauncey, here while getting my bachelor’s and master’s degree, and am now GiGi to the most charming five-year old on this side of heaven, equal only to your grandson.
- Southern University Law Center – Juris Doctorate, 2022
- Southern University and A&M College –Master of Public Administration, 2010
- Southern University and A&M College – Bachelor of English Liberal Arts, 2001
- Robert E. Lee High School – Class of 1994 (The name of this school has since been changed. However, I site the name as it appears on my diploma to never forget the significant history it represented at the time I graduated, during the middle of East Baton Rouge’s desegregation order.)
SERVICE AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
- 2011, Trainer at Power Shift, a national training event for Climate Action in Washington D.C.
- 2012 – 2016, East Baton Rouge Parish Executive Committee, Chairwoman
- 2012 – 2018, Louisiana Democratic State Central Committee, Executive Committee Member
- 2013, Award for Leadership in Leading Women of East Baton Rouge Parish in Their Fight for Education, Justice, and Mankind from East Baton Rouge Federation of Teachers
- 2013 – 2016, East Baton Rouge Parish Board of Elections Supervisors, appointed by the EBR Democratic Parish Executive Committee
- 2016, Governor John Bel Edward’s Transition Team
- 2016 – 2021, East Baton Rouge Parish Board of Elections Supervisors, appointed by Governor John Bel Edwards
- 2016, Outstanding Support and Partnership Award from Belaire Magnet High School
- 2016, Award of Appreciation for Raising Funds for the Belaire Band to Perform in the D-Day Parade in Normandy France
- 2017, Mayor Sharon Weston Broome’s Transition Team on Women’s Issues
- 2017, Award to Outstanding Democrats in Recognition of Their Contributions from the Louisiana High School Democrats