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David Dodson

David Dodson is the President of MDC. Since joining MDC in 1987, David has directed major projects to increase postsecondary student attainment, address stalled economic mobility, sharpen philanthropy as a tool for addressing structural inequity, and build multiracial leadership across the South and the nation. He frequently speaks around the country on creating equity and opportunity for low-wealth communities and has advised major philanthropic foundations on strategies to address poverty and reduce disparities. His recent work includes: creating the Network for Southern Economic Mobility to create pathways to credentials and living wage employment for Southern youth and young adults; helping create and incubate "Made in Durham" a public-private partnership focused on creating education-to-career pathways for all Durham youth; and guiding MDC’s "Passing Gear Philanthropy" research and practice to focus philanthropic investments on the upstream causes of social disparities.

David is a graduate of Yale University, where he received a BA in Architecture and Urban Policy and Master’s degrees in Divinity and in Public-Private Management. He is co-author of numerous MDC publications, including "Philanthropy as the South's Passing Gear: Fulfilling the Promise" and the most recent State of the South report "Recovering Our Courage." He is on the boards of the Public Welfare Foundation, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and Dwight Hall, the student-led Center for Public Service and Social Justice at Yale.

Prior to joining MDC he served as executive director of the Cummins Engine Foundation and director of corporate responsibility for Cummins Engine Company in Columbus, Indiana.