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D Academy

In 2012, D Magazine Partners established a civic leadership training program for the local creative class, including entrepreneurs, educators, journalists, artists, marketers, and tech professionals. Led by Krista Nightengale, the program is modeled on the Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s esteemed Leadership Dallas approach with monthly immersions in different aspects of city business, including the justice system, education, local government, poverty, health care, urban and sustainable development, and how to brand the city.

Twenty-two fellows (seven from within D Magazine Partners and 14 from the community) were accepted into the 2013-2014 class, and their group project is Big D Reads.


D Academy Fellows

Brandon Castillo, Deep Ellum Outdoor Market/Deep Ellum Postal & Grocer, Director

Cristina Daglas, D Magazine, editor

Felicia Walker, Texas Health Resources, Program Director, Community Responsibility

Jerry Hawkins, Wilkinson Center, Director of Children’s Services

Joe Garza Jr., M&A Capital Group, President

Kim Elenez, D Magazine, Group Publisher

Kyle Reimer, Specific Media, Account Specialist

Laura Muniz, bcWorkshop, Director of Development

Lauren Cureton, D Magazine, Senior Account Executive

Lauren McCarthy, LIFT, Vice President Marketing and Development

Marianna Dubinsky, D Magazine, Brand Manager

Maribeth Messineo Peters, Allie Beth Allman & Associates, Senior Vice President

Mary Proietti, D Magazine, Advertising Associate

Melissa Dease, Dallas Public Library, Youth Services Administrator

Michael Grace, Metro Development Consulting, Owner

Michelle Turner, Education is Freedom, Controller

Michelle Alden, Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program, Managing Attorney

Nancy Nichols, D Magazine, Senior Editor

Nancy Payne, Director of Consulting, Center for Nonprofit Management

Richard Cheatham, Holman Robertson Eldridge PC, Partner

Todd Johnson, D Magazine, Creative Director

Vidya Ayyr, Parkland, Community Relations Specialist

Will Evans, Deep Vellum Publishing, Owner