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Dwayne Crenshaw to spearhead The Humanity Movement

Dwayne Crenshaw to spearhead The Humanity Movement
In the aftermath of, and in response to, the murder of Michael Brown by police six years ago in Ferguson, Missouri, Dwayne Crenshaw, partnered with Tony Young, and co-founded RISE San Diego, which fosters urban leadership and civic engagement. Today, amidst a national reckoning about police brutality and racial injustice which began after the killing of George Floyd, Crenshaw is responding by shifting 100% of his focus and attention to advancing racial equity and social justice through full-time leadership of The Humanity Movement – a reimagination of nonprofit social enterprise RISE@Work

“Co-founding RISE and contributing to its successful growth is a career highlight," said Crenshaw. "Being richly rewarded with lifelong relationships with some of San Diego’s finest, brightest, most genuine, truly authentic people and impactful community changemakers is a bonus blessing. I look forward to coming from behind the desk and joining them in actively working to bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice. I have never been more hopeful and optimistic we can realize the dream. I’m going all in to help ensure we do!” 

Crenshaw is a life-long San Diegan and member of the LGBTQ community who served as executive director of San Diego Pride from 2011-2013. He left the organization to pursue a political campaign, and since that time has focused his work on racial and economic justice.

 In 2017, RISE@Work was launched to capitalize on the lived experience and expertise with adaptive leadership and group relations RISE fellows gain during their program year through delivering authentic, relevant and effective diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) training & technical assistance (TA) to organizations throughout San Diego.  DEI training & TA consulting will continue to be an important part of The Humanity Movement’s work. Additionally, The Humanity Movement will pursue policy, advocacy, and organizing efforts which help contribute to the eradication of racism and the advancement of liberty and justice for all humansas is demanded by the current moment.

In hearing of Crenshaw's newest venture, Mark Cafferty, President & CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, had this to say: 

“I had the privilege of being RISE’s founding board chair and serving in that position for five years. What Dwayne helped bring to life has made a real difference in San Diego and will undoubtedly do so for many more years to come. If the same passion, intellect, diligence and integrity I witnessed in the building of RISE is brought to bear in The Humanity Movement, I’m confident we will have an inclusive economy and inclusive neighborhoods throughout San Diego. I wish Dwayne much success in this urgently needed new endeavor and I am here to support him in any way I can.”

More information about The Humanity Movement can be found here.