A Disruptive, Equity Venture
DAX-DEV is a disruptive, equity venture, led by Dax-Devlon Ross.
We focus on social impact consulting to help individuals, organizations and institutions achieve their social justice missions and bridge the gap between their stated values and actual practices.
We tell deeply-reported, truth-seeking stories that advance social justice and civil rights.
Our Beliefs and Practices
WE ARE DISCERNING.
Driving impact with like-minded partners: quality over quantity. purpose over power. courage over comfort.
WE GO DEEP.
Growing relationships with partners who are truly invested in deepening this work over the long term and building a lasting, high performing equity.
WE DISRUPT SYSTEMIC BIAS.
Always on partnership commitment to identifying and dismantling structures of power and privilege.
We work with a variety of clients including but not limited to:
Our work spans the following areas:
Social impact investment analysis, guidance and support with a particular strength in the fields of social justice, sports-based youth development, human rights, and college access/completion.
Short-term startup and turnaround leadership to organizations in crisis or at a crossroads.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion instruction rooted in racial justice for emerging and established nonprofit staff, leaders, boards, foundation professionals and corporate social responsibility executives.
Structured, neutral meeting and workshop design and leadership aimed at creating and maintaining an inclusive environment for all participants to function effectively and make high-quality decisions.
Solutions-focused, capacity-building collaboration with individuals and teams that is rooted in the adaptive leadership framework.
Review and Codification of organization roles and responsibilities, practices policies and procedures and development of curricula/content.
Writing + Reporting
My pen is drawn to places where folks are either working to create systemic change or standing in the way of progress.
As a journalist and author, I tell stories that aren’t told. My reporting and writing projects are always concerned with lifting up the injustices and indignities suffered by people who don’t have a platform to share their experiences and perspectives with a wider audience. My legal training as well as my experiences as a black man living in the United States have shaped my passion for justice reform and social, political and economic liberation.
Dax-Devlon Ross, J.D.
Dax-Devlon Ross has led a career as an educator, non-profit executive, equity consultant and journalist with a focus on social justice. After receiving his Juris Doctorate from George Washington University, he joined New York City Teaching Fellows where he taught in middle and high schools in Brooklyn and Manhattan. He later helped lead the national training and replication team at the Posse Foundation, one of the country’s foremost college access organizations. During his tenure at Bank Street College of Education, he managed the school’s partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service. As the founding Executive Director of After-School All-Stars New York and New Jersey, Dax built, from scratch, a team of 60 full and part-time program, development and operations staff serving more than 1,500 students across two states. Thereafter he served the organization as its inaugural northeast regional executive director, managing five chapter executive directors, while overseeing regional growth strategy, partnership development and management, donor stewardship, board governance and chapter operations.
For over a decade, Dax’s social justice consulting practice has focused on developing disruptive strategies to generate equity in workplaces and education spaces alike. Dax’s clients have included: The Anti-Defamation League, The New World Foundation, The Posse Foundation, Fund II Foundation, Bard College, Kean University and more.
Dax is the author of five books and his journalism has been featured in Time, The New York Times, The Virginia Quarterly Review and other national publications. He was the winner of the National Association of Black Journalists’ Investigative Reporting Award for his coverage of jury exclusion in North Carolina courts. He is currently a investigative reporting fellow at Type Media Center, an alumnus of Coro Leadership New York and a member of NationSwell Council.