Dhakir Warren is currently Demand Abolition’s Senior Social Innovation Manager, and CEASE Boston Co-Coordinator. In his role, Dhakir forges strong partnerships across multiple sectors and brings meaningful learning, training, and collaboration to the CEASE Network Cities and broader Communities of Practice. Dhakir returned home to Boston from Los Angeles, where he spent the last year working on the development and pilot of Markham Summer Camp in Watts. Dedicated to serving under resourced youth residing in housing developments in South Central Los Angeles, Markham Summer Camp focuses on reducing engagement in at-risk behaviors by this vulnerable youth population through the delivery of summer activities focused on providing positive youth development opportunities, academic enrichment, and mental health and wellness support. Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Dhakir served as the Managing Director of Youth Design Boston, a nonprofit that provides creative urban youth with educational pathways to the design industry through education and paid summer jobs.
Dhakir attended Wheaton College and graduated with a bachelor of arts in international relations. Upon graduation, Dhakir attended Tufts University’s MAT graduate program, after which he spent three years working as a high school humanities teacher in the Boston Public School system. Dhakir took a leap into the world of marketing when he joined the public relations department at Waltham-based Constant Contact. Dhakir is a strategic thinker and visionary who brings a broad range of skills to his role.