Dawn Chavous is the founder and President of Chavous Consulting, LLC, a DBE certified boutique woman/ minority owned management consulting firm located in Philadelphia, PA that combines proven grassroots strategies with cutting edge innovation. The firm believes that their success is determined by their clients success. Chavous Consulting, LLC specializes in strategic planning, community engagement, campaign management, government relations, fundraising, and event planning.
Prior to starting her own firm, Ms. Chavous served as the Chief of Staff to Pennsylvania State Senator Anthony H. Williams. Ms. Chavous was an advisor and liaison between various governmental bodies, legislators, special interest groups, public/private agencies and staff throughout four senate offices. As well, she managed special district projects and all Senate education legislation and initiatives. One of her signature events that she produced was his N2N Street Festival. This annual event brought out thousands of diverse people from across Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley. She used her relationships within the music industry to secure national artists for the festival such as Chaka Khan, Musiq Soulchild, Mos Def, and Robin Thicke to name a few.
While attending Ursinus College, Ms. Chavous coordinated the college’s tutorial program. In addition to managing student workers, Ms. Chavous oversaw the operations of the program and implemented the America Reads Program of former President Bill Clinton, fostering a partnership between the college and the surrounding communities to provide free tutoring to students in low-income neighborhoods. She significantly increased participation in the program through strategic, efficient restructuring.
Guided by her strong sense of purpose, faith and social conscious, Ms. Chavous is committed to serving her community through various avenues that include advocating on behalf of women’s rights, empowering underserved communities, fighting for equal access to education, and promoting health and wellness.
In the fall of 2012, Ms. Chavous was invited by the White House and the US Department of Education to meet with senior Obama administration officials for a discussion on education in Pennsylvania. Ms. Chavous was one of approximately thirty leaders from across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to attend this gathering.
Chavous currently serves as Chair of the Board of Sky Community Partners, Inc., a Pennsylvania registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization created to provide support and social service programs in the form of k-12 education support and health and wellness awareness to low-income and underserved communities throughout Philadelphia. Since 2012, the organization has successfully raised over one million dollars and provided over 600 educational scholarships to students in Philadelphia. In 2014, under Chavous’ leadership, Sky began a 5k walk/run and health fair to support healthy living and pancreatic cancer research and awareness.
Through this event, the organization has raised over twenty-five thousand dollars to support pancreatic cancer research and awareness. In addition to serving as Chair of Sky Community Partners, Inc., Ms. Chavous currently serves on the executive board of the National Board of Directors for the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), serves as a member of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, PA Chapter, serves on the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Community of Leaders (PCOL), and was recently appointed by Mayor Jim Kenney to the Philadelphia Women’s Commission.
Ms. Chavous has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology and Sociology from Ursinus College and a Master of Science Degree in Organizational Dynamics with certificates in Leadership Management and Organizational Development awarded by the University of Pennsylvania. Chavous has been a fellow with the nationally recognized Education Policy and Leadership Center in Harrisburg, PA in association with the Institute for Educational Leadership in Washington, DC and also participated in an executive program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.
Ms. Chavous has also received numerous awards and recognition for her work and service in PA including Philadelphia Leadership Inc.’s Philadelphia Connectors Award, BAEO’s Under 40 Education Leader Award, the Philadelphia NAACP’s Top Influential Women Award, the Prince Hall Free Mason’s Honor & Good Will Community Service Award, and the Joan Shepp Women of Style & Substance Award.
Ms. Chavous resides in Philadelphia and is happily married to Kenyatta Johnson and together they have a son, Isaiah Mandela and a dog, Sasha Blu.