professional experience began at the Louisiana Department of Health and
Hospitals (DHH) where she implemented the smooth decentralization of
outreach strategies and application processing for the Breast and
Cervical Cancer program. During her service at DHH, she also gained
expertise in data management through collaborative efforts to develop
software for agency specific needs.
desire to empower families extended beyond her accomplishments at DHH and soon led her into the world of grassroots organizing. She was drawn to President Obama's message that community
empowerment is a true vehicle of change. In 2008, she began work as a
paid Staff Field Organizer and has continued the journey of organizing
addition to her bachelor's degree in English Liberal Arts and her
master's degree in Public Administration, Dawn's training includes work
with nationally renowned agencies such as New Leaders Council, New
Organizing Institute (NOI) and Governor Howard Dean's Democracy for
America. As one of a 30-person cohort chosen from 500 applicants, Dawn
participated in NOI’s 2010 New Media Bootcamp. She received immense
instruction from leading practitioners in Washington, D.C. to enhance
the strategies of political and issue-based campaigns. She also
participated in NOI's 2012 Data Bootcamp where she received high level
training from national leaders in data management, campaign modeling,
and targeted voter outreach.
additionally collaborates with national organizations and local
activists to develop grassroots training and progressive networking
events in Louisiana.
As a registered lobbyist, Dawn
D. Collins is a staunch advocate for progressive causes. She gives
data-driven strategic consultation to political campaigns, as well as
handles government affairs and training programs for non profit
organizations through her consulting business Cogent Concepts and Project Management, LLC.