Dexter Mason is the Regional Director of Events & Programming at the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) --  a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to using the unifying the power of sports to improve race relations. Previously, he was a Political Appointee in The White House during President Barack Obama's Administration and a staffer for United States Senator Gary Peters.

“Civic engagement is important me to because I would not be where I am today if it were not for the selfless acts of kindness of individuals around me and individuals who I never met. I cannot be happy or successful on this journey of life by myself. Therefore, I believe it is a moral responsibility to give back, serve others and pay it forward.”

Mason is a proud graduate of Georgetown University and University of Michigan. While at Michigan, he served as President of the Sport Business Association, Student Manager for the Men’s Basketball team and member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He hopes to use my leadership role in the athletic field to increase underrepresented minority ownership among professional sports teams.

“Intentional leadership means to have a purpose in how you lead, make decisions, influence and inspire others. Everything has a purpose and that purpose cannot be about the leader. The purpose and power should be in the people you lead. I express leadership by putting the needs of others first and help people develop and inspire them to perform at their highest ability. The goal is to equip and inspire the people you influence.”

Mason was selected as a  Detroit New Leaders Council Institute Fellow and engaged in a five-month leadership development program in political entrepreneurship. He also actively volunteers as a Business Professional Mentor for the FATE Program, a four-year, cohort-based program for high school students in northwest Detroit. In addition, he serves as a mentor for the LEAD Scholars program with the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.

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