As a leader within the larger Black Male Achievement (BMA) field, Shawn Dove has committed his life's work to expanding access and opportunity for Black men and boys by strengthening and sustaining the hometown heroes and local leaders who are driving this mission in their respective cities and communities.
Dove's hard work and dedicated vision turned what was initially supposed to only be a three-year campaign within the Open Society Foundations into a national mission to empower Black males, and he was instrumental in seeding the launch of initiatives like My Brother's Keeper, the Young Men’s Initiative with the City of New York, the Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color, BMe Community, and others. Additionally, Dove has leveraged his passion for writing and publishing to create a platform for voices otherwise not heard. He was the founding publisher and editor-in-chief of Proud Poppa, a quarterly community empowerment publication launched in 2006 to celebrate, elevate and replicate successful fatherhood principles within the Black community. In his own words, “There is no cavalry coming to save us. We are the iconic leaders we have been waiting for.” Dove personifies the iconic leadership that will help drive change and create a better future for all Black men and boys to thrive and succeed.