Derwin Dubose has raised more than $6.5 million for political campaigns and nonprofits—including a North Carolina gubernatorial campaign, Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House Charities, and Communities in Schools—and served as policy adviser to North Carolina’s lieutenant governor and state treasurer. Currently, he is a Sheila C. Johnson Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership and a columnist for Nonprofit Quarterly. Derwin is a native of Meridian, Mississippi, one of our New Majority Communities, and was named a modern civil rights leader by the AARP.

Venture: New Majority Community Labs is empowering communities of color to identify and solve their own challenges using big data and community engagement tools. NMCL recruits and trains residents to gather data about their communities, share it with their neighbors, and launch community-derived and funded solutions to their civic challenges.

Venture Co-Founder: Vedette Gavin