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Meet Dwindell, our new Development Manager

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Meet Dwindell!

A first-generation American who was born in New York to Haitian immigrants and adopted out of foster care, Dwindell is a lifelong advocate for marginalized communities. He began his professional career as a project intern at Big Brothers Big Sisters in Rockland County, NY, and was promoted first to Project Manager and then to Program Manager before being recruited to move to Portland and work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Columbia Northwest. He has a B.A. in Communications from SUNY Plattsburgh with a concentration in Digital Media Production and a minor in Business Administration. He has run his own digital media company, Dwins Designs, and has extensive experience as a community advocate for marginalized populations; while in New York, he created a program for at-risk youth called Start One More Something, supervised the Rockland County Court Ordered Visitation Program from 2017-2019 to create safe visitation for families going through custody battles, participated in local committees such as the AFFCNY (Adoptive and Foster Family Coalition of New York) Advisory Board, and was featured in media appearances for his advocacy work, speaking at press events at both the New York State Capitol Building and the Rockland County Legislative Chambers.

Following the national unrest last year after the murder of George Floyd, Dwindell launched his own grassroots community nonprofit, #LoveYourBlackCommunity, which has raised $50,000 to serve over 175 Black Portlanders by offering direct assistance, education, and resources like school supplies and community Free Fridges providing food for low-income neighbors. After distributing 30 Chromebooks to Black youth through #LYBC and witnessing firsthand the impact of the digital divide’s racial disparities, Dwindell came to Free Geek as Development Manager in September 2021, bringing not only his experience in creating and managing his own independent community organization but also his passion for using technology to help people realize their potential.

When asked what is on Dwindell’s wishlist for his future with Free Geek, he stated, “To work on closing the digital divide. Technology is in everyone’s future. I want to improve the lives of as many people as possible in a truly meaningful way.” His personal motto is “You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do.”

When Dwindell isn’t on the clock, he likes to see live music, go hiking, provide help to the houseless, make music, cook, read, and keep in touch with close friends.

Welcome, Dwindell, to the Free Geek team!