Director of Breakthrough Programs
I am a firm believer that neighborhoods flourish when a community unites, utilizing their collective resources, to find solutions to complex problems. The Georgia Center for Opportunity, understands this, and it is a privilege to work for an organization that not only promotes these ideals, but is actively working in local communities throughout the State to support locally-driven collaborative efforts.
Dawn Steele is the Director of Breakthrough Programs and is responsible for guiding GCO’s solution delivery programing for the nonprofit community.
Dawn is passionate about building healthy communities and has spent the past 8 years in the public, private and nonprofit sectors developing public-private partnerships and nonprofit collaboratives. Previous experience includes working for The Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington D.C., working as a Management Analyst for the City of Fresno’s Economic Development Department and Downtown and Community Revitalization Department, working as a Field Representative for California Congressmen George Radanovich and as the Government Affairs Manager at the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce.
Dawn has a Bachelor’s Degree from Fresno Pacific University (FPU) in Business Administration, and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Nonprofit Management from the University of Southern California (USC).
Dawn has a myriad of experience sitting on nonprofit boards and enjoys creating programs that foster community collaboration. One such program, called the FLYP Downtown Academy, that she co-created in partnership with the City of Fresno, was recently awarded the 2016 International Downtown Association Excellence Award. In addition, she has also been honored as Business Street’s “Business Leader of the Week”, “40 Under 40” Class of 2009, the 2010 Fresno’s Leading Young Professional of the Year, and was a Fellow at the John Jay Institute in Philadelphia.
In her spare time, Dawn enjoys gourmet cooking, hosting dinner parties, traveling, and rooting on her USC Trojans during football season.