Che Dawson

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Che Dawson is a longtime youth advocate in the city of New Haven. Mr. Dawson is the director of operations for Amistad Elementary School in New Haven. Previously, he worked as assistant director of operations at Success Charter Network, a New York-based public charter school organization. He served as Youth Services Director for the city of New Haven, where he oversaw youth programs and policy development. As Youth Services Director, he led development of the city's Comprehensive Youth Plan and implemented job-readiness and financial literacy training for youth. Dawson also helped develop the Street Outreach Worker Program and the Open Schools Initiative.
Prior to joining the city, Mr. Dawson was Executive Director of Leadership, Education and Athletics in Partnership (LEAP), a youth advocacy organization based in New Haven. He started at LEAP as a site coordinator, mentoring at-risk youth and coordinating after-school programs. He moved up the ranks, serving various positions in the organization before being named director.
Mr. Dawson was named a National Urban Fellow in 2002 and provided guidance to Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan and his chief of staff on administrative matters. He also designed youth enrichment programming, analyzed academic programming in schools, raised funds for visually impaired students and communicated to 1,200 central staff in the school district.
Mr. Dawson earned a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College, School of Public Affairs in New York and he has a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics from Adelphi University in New York.
Mr. Dawson volunteers with the Farnam Neighborhood House. He has also served as a tutor and mentor in New Haven Public Schools, as boys' basketball coach for Platt Regional Vocational Technical School in Milford, and as co-chairman of the Mayor's Youth Initiative in New Haven.
Chair: Governance Committee
Term Expires: 12/2017