Chief Executive Officer & Co-Founder

Dwayne is a native San Diegan and lifelong resident of southeastern San Diego. His deep knowledge of San Diego’s neighborhoods and his community activism, which began at the age of thirteen, are invaluable in his role as a nonprofit and community leader. As CEO of RISE San Diego, Dwayne Crenshaw is responsible for the organization’s effective management and operation on a day-to-day basis.

He previously served as the executive director of San Diego LGBT Pride from 2011 to 2013 and the Coalition of Neighborhood Councils from 2005 to 2009, where he advanced issues of community development and social justice. From 2000 to 2004, he promoted resident ownership of neighborhood change in southeastern San Diego as the director of community ownership at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

Prior to his roles in nonprofit management, Dwayne Crenshaw had eight years of government experience as an aide to state and local elected officials, including former California Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante. Dwayne Crenshaw began his public service career as one of eighteen James M. Unruh Assembly Fellows who are chosen from hundreds of applicants each year to serve in the California state capitol.

Dwayne Crenshaw’s community service includes his current membership on the Union-Tribune Community Advisory Board, the San Diego Community College District Trustee’s Advisory Board and recent service with the Encanto Neighborhoods Community Planning Group, Police Chief’s Community Advisory Board, Southeast Rotary Club, Torrey Pines Bank’s Community Reinvestment Board, and the advisory board for Lincoln and High Tech High schools.

San Diego Metropolitan Magazine named Dwayne Crenshaw as one of “San Diego’s Smartest Young Professionals – 40 under 40” in 2007.

He graduated from San Diego State University in 1994 where he majored in elementary education and was elected student body president of the 35,000-student campus. While working in the state capitol, he completed the coursework for a master’s in government from California State University, Sacramento. In 2011, he received his juris doctorate from California Western School of Law, where he twice earned the highly-coveted Distinguished Advocate recognition.

Dwayne Crenshaw resides in the Encanto community of southeastern San Diego. He is the proud and active uncle of five nieces, four nephews, and two great-nieces and enjoys regular dinners with his entire immediate family at his parent’s home.