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MEET DUSTIN

A product of poverty and social hardship, Dustin is passionate about advancing meaningful change in the lives of people regardless of their site or situation. From equipping local and national elected leaders with innovative policy ideas; helping small non-profits to achieve financial sustainability; to advancing business and training programs for the underrepresented; Dustin has acquired diverse and powerful lessons while fighting on the front lines of social change.

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About Dustin

 

 

Dustin grew up in an impoverished area of Central Florida, where life trajectories and dreams for many don’t venture far from the struggles of drug addiction, violence, and poverty. His mother was disabled for the majority of his life, his family often struggled to provide for their own basic needs, and he experienced his first contact with the criminal justice system at the age of 12. Dustin was lucky enough to have a family who emphasized the importance of education and encouraged him to be better than his surroundings. Through hard work, focus, and a great deal of privilege, he was not shackled by these challenges, and has achieved an improbable life trajectory.


He became the first person in his family to graduate from high school, attended Florida State University (FSU) where he served as Student Body President, and completed his Graduate work at the London School of Economics. Dustin has worked in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in over 10 countries, including a variety of senior political leadership positions. 

 

He served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Andrew Gillum and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the City of Tallahassee, and as an Advisor to the Andrew Gillum for Florida Governor Campaign. Dustin also led the policy and research efforts of the Young Elected Officials Network, a network of young progressive thought leaders around the country, including members Stacey Abrams, Julian Castro, Krysten Sinema, and Rashida Tlaib.

He currently serves as the youngest teaching faculty member at FSU’s College of Social Science and Public Policy, and lectures frequently on International Development, Social Entrepreneurship, and Interdisciplinary Social Policy.

 

From the values and gratitude forged by his life circumstances, Dustin remains passionate about advancing meaningful change in the lives of people, regardless of their site or situation. From equipping young elected leaders with innovative policy ideas; helping small non-profits to achieve financial sustainability; to advancing business and training programs for the underrepresented; Dustin has acquired diverse and powerful lessons while fighting on the front lines of social change.

 
 
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