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Chief Equity Impact Officer Winston-Salem, NC

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation has named Dwayne Patterson as its Chief Equity Impact Officer. He will be responsible for supporting the Foundation’s grantee partners as they set and advance their equity goals, helping to document and share the Foundation’s equity journey and refining the way the Foundation captures its partners’ outcomes and demographics to guide its work. Patterson also will serve on the investment committee, an important role as the Foundation strives to invest its endowment in ways that advance economic opportunities for Black and Latinx communities.

Patterson comes to MRBF after more than a decade at the Atlanta-based Partnership for Southern Equity, an organization that promotes racially equitable health, energy, development and economic opportunities. As Vice President of Strategy and Engagement, he advised on racial equity, social justice and organizing, and fostered community-based solutions all over the American South. Patterson coordinated organizational and programmatic strategy, led program and management staff, strategy development, alliance building and relationship management. He helped organizations grow and improve performance. Patterson also served as PSE's first Director of Civic Engagement and Regional Organizing.

Through his consulting firm, The Sixth Group, Patterson has provided training and strategic impact guidance to many nonprofit organizations and foundations. He holds a Bachelor of Science from North Carolina A&T State University. Dwayne has served on the boards of ProGeorgia, the Fund for Southern Communities and the Latin American and Caribbean Community Center.

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