Morgan Dixon

Morgan Dixon is the Co-Founder of GirlTrek, a groundbreaking, three-year-old national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C that inspires and supports African American women and girls to live their healthiest, most fulfilled lives – simply by walking. Through grassroots organizing and award-winning social media campaigns, GirlTrek supports over 50,000 walkers, 500 volunteers and inspires an ever-growing network of 200,000 supporters. GirlTrek is quickly becoming a “go-to” organization in the public health space. They have built partnerships with such companies as Kaiser Permanente, National Park Service and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign.

Prior to co-founding GirlTrek, Morgan was on the front lines of education reform. She served as director of leadership development for Achievement First, the largest charter school networks in New York City where she trained and supported 23 school principals. Before Achievement First, Morgan directed the development and start-up of six public schools in NYC for St. Hope and the Urban Assembly – two organizations funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Morgan began her career with Teach For America as a high school history teacher in Atlanta, GA, and later served as a vice principal in Newark, NJ.

With GirlTrek, Morgan has been a featured on CNN, in The Washington Post, The New York Times and named a “Health Hero” by Essence Magazine. Morgan has received social innovations fellowships from Teach For America (2012), Echoing Green (2013), Ashoka (2014) and the Aspen Institute (2015). Morgan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Southern California, a Master of Education Policy and Leadership at Seton Hall and currently serves on the Boards of Trustees for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Teach for Haiti.

Morgan will present the film When 1 Million Black Women Walk on Friday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. during the Adventure, Inspired Film Program, and participate in the panel discussion, Public Lands, Urban America, on Sat., Oct. 15 at 10:00 a.m. during the SHIFT Summit.


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