Co-Founder & Executive Director
Dante Barry is a nationally recognized social change strategist, leader on public health solutions to ending gun violence, and community organizer with over a decade of experiences in social justice movements and youth leadership development. He is committed to strengthening the progressive movement’s capacity to develop the next generation of leaders and build new safety priorities that creates a thriving and livable future for all communities.
A millennial trailblazer, Dante is widely respected for his creativity and bold leadership. He is currently featured in the Museum of the City of New York’s #ActivistNY exhibit for his catalytic contribution to modern day social movements.
Barry is the co-founder and Executive Director of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice. Million Hoodies Movement for Justice is a human rights organization dedicated to ending gun violence and reimagining safety and justice for all communities. MHJ partners with leaders and advocates to advance state reform through advocacy, public education, coalition-building, and research. MHJ also brings together students, elected officials, and survivors of gun violence to advance policies that help communities most harmed by the criminal justice system. MHJ promotes strategies to stop the cycle of violence and build healthy communities. As Executive Director, he is responsible for strengthening and expanding the organization’s approach to engaging people of color communities through pop culture, innovation, community organizing, and policy advocacy.
Previously he acted as a director of a summer organizing fellowship and Chapter Services Coordinator for the Roosevelt Network, providing triage and training a generation of young people to organize for student-driven policy initiatives at the local level. Dante also served as the Engagement Editor for the Roosevelt Institute, launching the organization’s first digital program. He also spent time at the School Based Health Alliance as a Policy Assistant advocating for education and healthcare policy at the state and federal levels to provide low-income access to school based health centers.
His work has as an activist and social change strategist has garnered national attention and praise. Dante has been recognized by Revolt TV, MTV, the Huffington Post, and as one of the top most influential African Americans by The Root. Dante is also an award-winning next generation leader, receiving awards from various institutions including the Roosevelt Network, the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies, and Monmouth University.
A frequent commentator to Al Jazeera America, Dante has appeared on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, MSNBC, CNN, NPR, The Intercept, The New York Times, Democracy Now, Washington Post, and his words have been published in popular outlets such as The Nation Magazine, The Guardian, Ebony Magazine, Huffington Post and featured in books such as The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century.
Dante found his passion for community organizing as a student organizer in New Jersey where he was born and raised. He deeply believes in and cares about developing new leaders on the front lines of transformative social change and is frequently consulted to provide trainings and workshops. A graduate of Monmouth University, Dante received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and Communications. You can find Dante on Twitter and Instagram or visit his website.