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, healthcare, urban and sustainable development, and how to brand the city.

Twenty fellows (10 from within D Magazine Partners and 10 from the community) were accepted into the founding class of 2012, and their group project is the establishment of The Big Read Dallas.


D Academy Fellows

April Allen, Executive Director, KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth

Bart Weiss, Associate Professor, UT Arlington; Director, Dallas Video Fest

Brentt Shropshire, Founding Member/Partner, SDL Citadel

Christian Yazdanpanah, Positive Impact, Agencies of Change

David Hopkins, Freelance Writer

Frances Yllana, Associate Creative Director, MasonBaronet

Katie Bivins, V.O.D.

Katie McCann, Account Executive, Swingle Collins & Associates

Scott Smith, Director of the Metrics Project, SMU’s Center for Communities and Education

Suzie Aiken, Resource Analyst/Production Finance, Reel FX

Bradford Pearson, Assistant Managing Editor, People Newspapers

Carol Shih, Online Assistant Dining Editor, D Magazine

Andrew Plock, Writer, People Newspapers

Liz Johnstone, Events Editor, D Magazine

Michael Mooney, Staff Writer, D Magazine

Peggy Levinson, Editor at Large, D Home

Jessica Melton, Assistant Editor, DCEO

Amanda Shafer, Advertising Art Director, People Newspapers

Halley Homen, Brand Manager, D Magazine

Jennifer LeBlanc, Publisher, D Magazine