Drexell Owusu



Chief Impact Officer

The Dallas Foundation


Drex joined The Dallas Foundation as Chief Impact Officer in April 2021. In overseeing the Foundation’s body of grantmaking, community engagement, and civic leadership, he leads a team working to address the Foundation’s community impact priorities: A Strong & Healthy Start, Community & Economic Resilience, Advancing Equity & Inclusion, and Powering the Nonprofit Ecosystem. He works closely with philanthropic, nonprofit, and civic leaders across Dallas and collaborates with the Foundation’s donor partners to advise or direct over $75 million in annual community philanthropy at the Foundation.

Prior to joining The Dallas Foundation, Drex was most recently the Senior Vice President of Education & Workforce at the Dallas Regional Chamber, where he led the organization’s efforts to equitably grow and develop the existing regional education and workforce pipeline. Previously, he founded and served as CEO of Brave Capital Partners, an investment company focused on catalyzing minority communities. Drex also previously served as Managing Director and Chief of Staff at Civitas Capital Group, a private real estate investment firm, where he led the establishment of the GrowSouth Fund to invest in southern Dallas. Drex has also served in several corporate leadership and strategy roles in his career, including at Blockbuster, FedEx Office, and Accenture.

Drex serves on a number of civic and nonprofit boards, including on the boards of Better Block, Education is Freedom, Education Opens Doors, Impact Ventures, the SMU Simmons School of Education and Human Performance, Trust for Public Land – Texas, United to Learn, Year Up Texas, and the Dallas Development Fund. He also works closely with Dallas ISD, where he chairs the Dallas ISD Bond 2020 Advisory Council and the West Dallas STEM School Advisory Council as well as serving as a board member for the Dallas Education Foundation.

Drex 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 lives in Oak Cliff with his wife and their three children, each of whom attend Dallas ISD schools.

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