Dion Dawson

Founder and Executive Director
Dion's Chicago Dream

Chicago, Illinois

Dion Dawson is a philanthropic leader whose penchant for empathy leadership and communications has positioned him as community leader, moving forward. After more than a decade working in governmental communications, public relations, and journalism, Dion knows what is truly at the heart of philanthropy—transparent operations, consistent programming, and a commitment to quality. His true north is connected to the heart-beating people he’s committed himself to and changing the ideal template of leadership in the sector.

In 2020, Dion founded Dion’s Chicago Dream, a nonprofit with a mission focused on food insecurity and inequality. Dion’s dedication to innovation has resulted in a movement that empowers, empathizes, and emboldens everyone who comes across it. In addition to his extensive leadership journey, Dion is an award-winning military journalist, philanthropic trailblazer, and humble son of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.