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DHA Unveils New Advisory Board for the Opportunity Rising Foundation


New Advisory Board Members Include Nakia Douglas of UNT
Dallas, Scott Fawcett of Empowered Consulting, Byron D. Johnson,
a foundation scholar and Enterprise executive, and Drexell Owusu
from the Dallas Regional Chamber

DHA (formerly, the Dallas Housing Authority) is honored to announce the
new advisory board for the Opportunity Rising Foundation (formerly, the
Phoenix Foundation), focused on providing educational opportunities for
DHA clients and residents. The board consists of diverse North Texas
leaders with expertise in academics, business, community relations,
sports and charitable giving. Their mission is to help the foundation
reach more students than ever before, while expanding youth's exposure
to educational opportunities that can help to propel them towards their
personal and professional goals – and ultimately to self-sufficiency.

"Our Opportunity Rising advisory board is rich in diverse perspectives,
as well as passions for helping those in need. The DHA leadership has
selected outstanding North Texas leaders to help us propel the
Opportunity Rising Foundation to new heights in accessibility, exposure
and fundraising," said Troy Broussard, DHA president and CEO. "Education
is the number one way out of poverty. Through the Opportunity Rising
Foundation, we are strengthening our focus on higher education for the
benefit of DHA residents, families and our broader North Texas
community. Our advisory board will be instrumental in helping us provide
more opportunities for more people."

The advisory board consists of the following members:

  • Nakia
    , the executive director of TRIO and Pre-collegiate
    Programs at UNT Dallas
    . The Dallas native has been named 2015 DISD
    Magnet Principal of the Year and awarded the 2015 Simmons Young
    Leaders in Education Award. He has also been honored as KERA American
    Graduate Champion and a DISD Exemplary Principal and was the founding
    principal of the Barack Obama Male Leadership Academy (BOMLA). Nakia
    has a master's degree in education from Houston Baptist University and
    an undergraduate degree in elementary education and teaching from
    Livingstone College.
  • Scott
    , is founder and CEO of Empowered Consulting an electricity
    services brokerage company and Energy Agent
    . He is also a member
    of GivingX100,
    a group that raises money to support local charities in need of
    support. The goal of the organization is to bring together at least
    100 men from the local community to each give $100 to the non-profit,
    hence the name GivingX100. The result is not $100 for the winning
    organization, but $10,000. Scott combined his background in statistics
    and economics to develop a popular course-management system for
    serious golfers. A personal loss of family in 2016 compelled him to
    want to do more to give back.
  • Byron
    D. Johnson
    is a Texas Tech University graduate, earning degrees in
    Business Management and Business Marketing
    . As a sales executive
    for Enterprise Holdings, he is responsible for negotiating contracts
    and developing marketing plans for his region. As a child growing up
    in the DHA community, Byron and his family lived in public housing and
    later received a housing choice voucher that helped them eventually
    purchase their home. Byron's childhood experiences with the foundation
    shaped who he has become today, planting the seed that a college
    education can, in fact, lead to economic independence.
  • Drexell
    is the senior vice president of Education and Workforce for
    the Dallas Regional Chamber
    (DRC), a position wherein he leads the
    Chamber's efforts to grow and develop our regional talent and
    workforce. Prior to joining the DRC, Drexell was the founder and chief
    executive officer of Brave Capital Partners, an investment company
    focused on catalyzing minority communities in Dallas. Prior to
    founding Brave, he served as managing director and chief of staff for
    Civitas Capital Group, an investment company with over $1.3 billion in
    assets. Drexell earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Rice
    University, where he was a two-time Track and Field All-American in
    the triple jump. He is a passionate advocate for education, serving on
    three non-profit boards in Dallas.

Opportunity Rising was founded on the belief that education is a key to
ending poverty and that everyone deserves an opportunity to pursue a
higher education and lifelong learning. The foundation invests in
education and learning opportunities so that everyone has access to the
necessary resources for academic and professional success.

In fact, the foundation has granted more than 1,100 scholarships to high
school graduates and returning college students, amounting to nearly
$1.5 million since 1997. This year, Opportunity Rising assisted nearly
2,000 students - all of whom are Dallas Housing Authority residents -
with scholarships, internships, mentorships, and other learning

About the Opportunity Rising Foundation

We help the families we serve rise to their full potential through
continuous learning, job training and education. We provide
scholarships, financial assistance, mentorship and learning
opportunities for our clients who are preparing to enter college,
technical school, vocational school or want to learn a new skill. Since
1997, Opportunity Rising has awarded more than 1,100 scholarships to DHA
residents. For more information, please visit:

About the Dallas Housing Authority (DHA)

DHA provides quality, affordable housing to low-income families and
individuals through the effective and efficient administration of
housing assistance programs across North Texas. The agency aims to
create opportunities for program participants to achieve
self-sufficiency and economic independence. DHA provides housing
opportunities to 60,000 people through public housing developments and
Housing Choice Voucher (Section 8) programs. It is the 8th largest
public housing agency in the nation and manages the fourth largest
Housing Choice Voucher program. For more information, please visit:

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