We are so happy to welcome Dominique Morris to our board this year! Dominique is an alum of Leadership L.A. Class of 2019. She currently serves as policy advisor in the deputy superintendent’s office at Los Angeles Unified School District where she provides strategic support on a range of issues, policies and projects according to the superintendent’s priorities.
As one of our newest board members, we asked Dominique to share more about her Leadership L.A. experience and why she decided to join the SCLN board.
Describe your experience with Leadership L.A. How has it impacted your leadership development?
Having lived away from Los Angeles for some time, Leadership LA was an excellent opportunity to reengage with my hometown and learn more about the city's challenges and some of the efforts to address them. I have dedicated my career to ensuring that all children have access to a high-quality public education and the program affirmed that education is directly or indirectly connected to many other social justice and public service issues.
I appreciated connecting with smart, solutions-oriented cross-sector leaders, learning more about their work and thought partnering on how we might tackle our city's 'wicked' problems. It was also a timely opportunity to assess where I was in my career, including individual strengths and growth areas, and prompted me to want to do more to accelerate change; participation in Leadership LA led me to return to district work and become more aware of civic engagement opportunities, big and small.
What made you decide to join the SCLN Board? Do have any goals you would like to achieve as a new board member?
Southern California Leadership Network is critical in cultivating cross-sector collaboration and problem-solving. Most, if not all, issues affecting Los Angeles and the southern California region are complex, multi-layered and cannot be solved in isolation or by any one industry.
SCLN is well-positioned to bring regional leaders together to ensure thoughtful, sustainable solutions and information sharing. I enjoy problem-solving, learning and have personal and professional stakes in keeping southern California safe and thriving. I was born and raised in Los Angeles and am a product of the public education system. I am committed to making the region a better place for my sons and generations to come and service on the SCLN board is a prime opportunity to support this mission. My background includes change management, building high-performing teams, leadership coaching and development and cohort programming, and I'm eager for fellow board members and the SCLN team to put me to work!
What advice would you give to SCLN’s alumni and potential nonprofit board members?
Take the risk and ask the hard question or offer another point-of-view, especially when it could serve to benefit our most vulnerable communities.
Also, listen and learn - seek to understand other perspectives or learn more about someone else's story. Finding a single commonality can make all the difference in collective work and collaboration. It is how we build community.
Dominique's Full Bio:
Dominique Morris strongly believes that all children are entitled to a high quality public education and is an unwavering advocate of educational equity. She currently serves as policy advisor in the deputy superintendent’s office at Los Angeles Unified School District where she provides strategic support on a range of issues, policies and projects according to the superintendent’s priorities. Dominique has also served at the New York City Department of Education and San Jose Unified School District in various talent, strategy and operations roles.
Dominique holds a BA in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and a MPA from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. She is also a graduate of The Broad Residency.
Dominique was born and raised in Los Angeles and after spending several years in New York City and the Bay Area, she is grateful to be back home with her husband and two boys.