Drexell Owusu

Drex joined The Dallas Foundation as Chief Impact Officer in April 2021. He leads a team focused on the Foundation’s community impact strategy to reduce intergenerational poverty and improve child well-being through investments in programs that ensure a strong and healthy start for children ages birth to three. He works closely with philanthropic, nonprofit, and civic leaders across Dallas and collaborates with the Foundation’s donor partners to advise or direct over $65 million a year in community philanthropy.

Prior to joining The Dallas Foundation, Drex was most recently the Senior Vice President of Education & Workforce at the Dallas Regional Chamber, where he led the organization’s efforts to equitably grow and develop the existing regional education and workforce pipeline. Previously, he founded and served as CEO of Brave Capital Partners, an investment company focused on catalyzing minority communities. Drex also previously served as Managing Director and Chief of Staff at Civitas Capital Group, a private real estate investment firm, where he led the establishment of the GrowSouth Fund to invest in southern Dallas. Drex has also served in several leadership and strategy roles including The Owl Group, Blockbuster, FedEx Office, and Accenture.

Drex serves on a number of civic and nonprofit boards, including on the boards of Better Block Foundation, DHA Opportunity Rising Foundation, Education is Freedom Foundation, Impact Ventures, the SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Performance, and on the City of Dallas Economic Development Task Force.

He also works closely with Dallas ISD, where he chairs the Dallas ISD Bond 2020 Advisory Council as well as serving with the Dallas Education Foundation, Dallas ISD Racial Equity Trustee-Appointed Advisory Council, Dallas ISD Minority & Women-owned Business Advisory Council, and the West Dallas STEM School Advisory Board.