Meet Dar'shun Kendrick
CEO & Founder of KAAG
Featured in Huffington Post:
"25 People Positioned to Scale Atlanta's Growing Inclusive Technology Start Up Ecosystem for Black Americans and Beyond."
I grew up in a household in South DeKalb County (GA) with 2 parents that were entrepreneurs. I realized they not only had a lack of choices in professionals that looked like them but they needed someone to advocate for their economic interests. My parents wanted to feel comfortable with the professionals they were dealing with in business and feel they had an organization that understood the need for diversity in thought and experience.
I started Minority Access to Capital, Inc. (501(c)(3)) to tackle the issue of access to capital and to empower women and racial minorities. Like many of you, I have been blessed with a unique opportunity to educate and empower my community of women and minorities. I have learned from Dr. King that the fight for justice comes in many forms and uses many voices. I follow his example of what can happen when similarly, minded individuals demand CHANGE in their community. However, we must do our part as a community to be PREPARED for when opportunities arise. Therefore, I encourage us to #BeInTheRoom and #BeAtTheTable.
Since that time, I have become known as the Economic Justice Advocate and top consultant. Kendrick Advisory & Advocacy, LLC was birth to provide "hands on" consulting services to organizations that want to promote diversity in thought and experience, both for profit and non-profit, in political and business decisions.
Dedicated and Committed
• Born and raised in Georgia
• Oldest of 3 children; only girl
• Hobbies: Cooking, reading, traveling
• Oglethorpe University (2004)- B.A. in political science and communications
• University of Georgia, School of Law (2007)- Law degree
• Kennesaw State University (2011)- Master in Business Administration
• 2000- Intern for Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney (Decatur, GA)
• 2002- Legislative Intern for Rep. George Maddox, Chair of MARTOC Committee in the Georgia House of Representatives (Atlanta, GA)
• 2002- President of Young Democrats Chapter at Oglethorpe University (Atlanta, GA)
• 2002- Youth Coordinator for Young Democrats of Georgia (Atlanta, GA)
• 2003- Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Intern for Congresswoman Denise Majette (Washington, D.C.)
• 2003-2004- Legislative Intern/Campaign Co-Chair for Rep. George Maddox for Senate
• 2008-2009- Board Member, Beverly Cunningham Outreach Program
• 2009-2010- Board Member, IXGEN Foundation
• 2011-2013- Board Member, Stonecrest Business Alliance
• 2016-current- Board Member/Founder, Minority Access to Capital, Inc.
• 2017-current- Board Member, Technology Association of Georgia, Corporate Development Board
· Elected in 2010, sworn in 2011 to represent over 75,000 Georgians in DeKalb and Rockdale counties
· Former Assistant Deputy Whip for the House Democratic Caucus (2014-2016)
· Former Secretary of the DeKalb House Delegation (2013-2015)
· Communications Chair for the Working Families Caucus (2016-current)
· Chair of the Economic Development Committee for the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (2017-current)
· Ranking Democrat on the Small Business and Job Creation committee (2015-current)
· Co-Chair of Georgia's Future Caucus [legislators under 40 years old] (2017- present)
· Chaired joint committee of Small Business and Job Creation committee and Economic Development committee (summer 2016)
· Serve on the Judiciary Non-civil, Small Business and Job Creation, Interstate Coordination and Juvenile Justice committees of the Georgia House of Representatives
- Women Who Win: From the Board Room to the Halls of Power (9/30/17- Metro Atlanta Chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women)-Video,Powerpoint presentation
- Secrets to Success & Call to Advocacy Action (9/23/17 for American Business Women Association)- Text of Speech, Video
- Interview with Kathryn Finney for Black Enterprise Magazine (February 2017)- Article with video link
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