Dawn Valadez has deep roots in the social justice community. She has developed programs, provided clinical services, conducted program implementation plans and evaluations, and developed collaborative efforts across diverse groups and sectors. She has worked in non-profits, educational institutions, and social services on behalf of children, youth, families, teachers, and service providers. Her primary focus as a consultant is fundraising and fund development for numerous organizations throughout the SF Bay Area and in California. She was the development director at Davis Street Family Resource Center where she successfully raised $3.5 million in capital funds during the worst recession since the depression. She has a strong track record of developing fundraising plans, cultivating donors and sponsors, researching grants and securing foundation funds, and winning successful contracts with government entities—for capital, programmatic, and operational campaigns.
Ms. Valadez is a bold advocate for underserved populations especially children and youth, students, low- income people and people from communities of color. She has developed a number of programs, including the Cesar Chavez Service Learning Project for Region 4 (Alameda, Contra Costa, Sonoma, SF, and Marin), the Alameda County Office of Education "Youth Leaders Project," the Primary Care Medical Clinic at Davis Street FRC (with Samuel Merritt University), and the East Bay Teacher's Pathway Project (also at DSFRC). She co-founded the nationally recognized BAYAC AmeriCorps program in the San Francisco Bay Area, developing all of the training programs, infrastructure, and community partnerships.
Recent fundraising clients include:
• REACH Ashland Youth Center
• Alameda County Health Care Services Agency
• The Health Trust
• California State University, East Bay
• Computer Technologies Program
• United Latino Voices
• Davis Street Family Resource Center
She has lectured, facilitated, and worked with a number of organizations & institutions including: Alameda County Office of Education, Oakland Unified School District, California Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism (currently CA Volunteers), CA AmeriCorps Alliance, National Service Leadership Institute, Chabot College, and CALGrip Grant project development for CA Teacher Pathway Project
Ms. Valadez is active in her community and sits on a number of boards and community groups:
• Board member of the San Leandro Education Foundation (SLED), 2009-present
• Board member of Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC), 2013- present
• Steering Member, New Day Films, 2008- 2010
• Board member of Youth Together, 2005-07
• Selection committee for the San Leandro Police Chief, 2010
Ms. Valadez is an award winning documentary filmmaker. Her first film, GOING ON 13 (2008) has screening internationally and on public television. Her new film, TURN IT AROUND, follows a group of ex-gang members as they work to become the next generation of math and science teachers.