Damon T. Hewitt
Damon guides a philanthropic network of 40 national, local, and community foundation presidents who are committed to changing policies and systems that limit opportunity for boys and men of color and to shifting the false narratives about our nation’s sons, brothers and fathers. Through his leadership, the EA has made philanthropy’s investments in boys and men of color more strategic and impactful.
Previously, Damon worked as Senior Advisor for U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations and for over a decade as an attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF). There he founded LDF’s Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline initiative and worked on extended assignment in his hometown of New Orleans to coordinate post-Hurricane Katrina litigation and advocacy on education, housing, and voting-rights issues. Damon also worked as Executive Director of the New York Police-on-Police Shootings Task Force.
Damon is coauthor of The School-to-Prison Pipeline: Structuring Legal Reform (2012, NYU Press), and he has published numerous articles and opinion pieces on racial justice, school discipline policy, and progressive education reform. He holds a B.A. in political science from Louisiana State University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He currently resides with his wife and two daughters in the Washington, DC metro area.