Highlander's PAR Institute

Dwayne Patterson


Dwayne is a respected southern-based strategist with strong field-tested organizer experience. He is a gifted speaker, activist and social entrepreneur born in New York with deep ancestral ties to the American South. After leading an intense and successful campaign as an undergraduate to secure a mandatory Black Studies program as a scholar activist at North Carolina A&T State University, Dwayne continued to utilize organizing as his primary tools for supporting collective change at both the organizational and community level.

Dwayne expanded his work 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. Dwayne coordinated organizational and programmatic strategy, led program and management staff, strategy development, alliance building and relationship management. He helped organizations grow and improve performance. Dwayne also served as PSE’s first Director of Civic Engagement and Regional Organizing.

Through his consulting firm, The Sixth Group, Dwayne 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. He has served on the boards of ProGeorgia, the Fund for Southern Communities and the Latin American and Caribbean Community Center. He lives in Atlanta with his wife and twin daughters.

PAR Institute Experiences: Presenter
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