Dante Barry, Executive Director
With 12+ years of experience in community organizing and leadership development, Dante Barry joins Million Hoodies with a commitment to developing the next generation of organizers.
Dante Barry is the co-founder and Executive Director of Million Hoodies Movement for Justice. Dante is responsible for overseeing and supporting all of the organization’s major program areas, which support its mission to develop the next generation of human rights leaders to end anti-black racism and systemic violence. In his role, he is responsible for strengthening and expanding the organization’s approach to youth leadership development, community organizing, and grassroots innovation.
He previously 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 advocated for education and healthcare policy at the state and federal levels to provide low-income access to school based health centers at the School Based Health Alliance.
Dante has contributed significantly as a thought leader and writer about human rights, community organizing, and democracy. His work has been featured on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Nation Magazine, MSNBC, CNN, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Intercept, NPR, The New York Times, Ebony Magazine, and Democracy Now. Dante has been recognized as one of the top most influential African Americans by the Root 100 and has been recognized and awarded by the Roosevelt Institute, Revolt TV, MTV, and the Huffington Post. Dante's work has also been featured in The Future We Want: Radical Ideas for the New Century. In 2015, Dante was an Opportunity Agenda Communications Institute Fellow.
Dante found his passion for community organizing as a student organizer in New Jersey. 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 and Communication.