Executive Director, IUSD State and Federal Programs Office

Dawnyell Goolsby has over two decades of experience in public school education. She has served in various positions within the school system, such as classroom teacher, program coordinator, and site administrator. Dr. Goolsby has the honor and privilege of working in Inglewood, the community where she was raised and went to school.

Dawnyell’s first encounter with Grades of Green was as a participant in the School Trash Free Lunch Challenge. This encounter led her to work with Founder Lisa Coppedge on other environmental programs at her school. Eventually, she had the opportunity to present at a conference with the Grades of Green team to demonstrate how educators could incorporate environmentally friendly strategies into their schools.  To this day, Dawnyell continues to use these strategies to encourage students to take responsibility for their environment through action.

In addition, Dawnyell has over a decade of experience with community-based and professional organizations. She has served in leadership roles in one of the prominent female organizations in the country, Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc., working on local, state, and national initiatives. She is also a member in the largest school administrators organization in the state, the Association of California School Administrators. Dawnyell represents local administrators on a State Legislative Policy Committee and provides advocacy for students on local and state-level issues. Dr. Goolsby is delighted to bring her experience in education, programming, planning, student advocacy, and community organizing to the Grades of Green team.