His deep knowledge of San Diego’s neighborhoods and his community activism, which began at the age of thirteen, are invaluable in his role as CEO of RISE San Diego, an organization whose mission is to elevate and advance urban leadership through dialogue-based civic engagement, dynamic non-profit partnerships, and direct training programs. Dwayne is responsible for the organization’s effective management and operation on a day-to-day basis.
He previously served as the executive director of San Diego LGBT Pride from 2011 to 2013 and the Coalition of Neighborhood Councils from 2005 to 2009, where he advanced issues of community development and social justice. From 2000 to 2004, he promoted resident ownership of neighborhood change in southeastern San Diego as the director of community ownership at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.
Dwayne Crenshaw’s community service includes his current membership on the Union-Tribune Community Advisory Board, the San Diego Community College District Trustee’s Advisory Board and recent service with the Encanto Neighborhoods Community Planning Group, Police Chief’s Community Advisory Board, Southeast Rotary Club, Torrey Pines Bank’s Community Reinvestment Board, and the advisory board for Lincoln and High Tech High schools.
Dwayne graduated from San Diego State University where he majored in elementary education and was elected student body president of the 35,000-student campus. While working in the state capitol, he completed the coursework for a master’s in government from California State University, Sacramento. Dwayne received his juris doctorate from California Western School of Law, where he twice earned the highly-coveted Distinguished Advocate recognition.