Dawn Hicks Chief Program Officer
Dawn Hicks joined Umoja in June 2015 in the newly created Chief Program Officer role. In this role she oversees Umoja’s programs and provides expertise in developing systems and structures for programmatic direction and growth.
Prior to joining Umoja, Dawn was Assistant Director of the University of Chicago Charter School's North Kenwood Oakland campus. During that time, she was integral in the creation of the school’s value and culture system, designed structures and practices to focus on social emotional learning as a part of the daily school routine, and managed extended day partnerships. Dawn began her career at KIPP Ascend Middle School where she served as School Social Worker and Dean of Students.
Dawn holds a Master of Arts in Social Work from the University of Chicago, a Master of Arts in Education Supervision and Administration from National Louis University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Michigan State University.