Niko Dawson

Niko Dawson

Detroit Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2020, Economic Opportunities Program

Director, Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit, Detroit, Michigan

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Both as a professional and a volunteer, Niko has participated in a variety of professional & educational programs for both the private & public sectors. Niko has earned a Master of Public Administration Degree, with emphasis in Human Resources Management, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing. Niko currently volunteers with various civic and social organizations (e.g. Southfield Kappa Foundation – Scholarship Committee Chair, Southfield Alumni Chapter – Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. – Kappa Leadership League, “Man-Up” Academic Development Program at Oakland Community College, and the Smart Moves Leadership Development Program for young men ages 14-18 years old. Niko presently manages & oversees the Flip the Script (FTS) Empowerment program with Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit. The program is uniquely designed to divert clients away from prison.

Niko Dawson is a member of the Detroit Workforce Leadership Academy Class of 2020, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

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