Dakota Pawlicki is a strategy officer at Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. In that role, he leads Lumina’s community mobilization work, which focuses on leveraging cross-sector partnerships to make major gains in education beyond high school.
Pawlicki’s prior work in designing and operating collaborative efforts to solve social challenges guides his work at Lumina. Serving in a dual role as director of strategic partnerships and projects, and as director of college access at Chicago Public Schools, he was responsible for developing and driving a city-wide vision of postsecondary access, support, and success for over 400,000 students. He also led the creation of the Chicago Higher Education Compact, an initiative with the expressed goal of increasing Chicago Public Schools’ four-year college graduation rate to 60% by 2025. Prior to that, he designed and implemented award-winning urban teacher preparation programs that place communities at the center, cultivating education talent through community partnership and immersion.
Pawlicki’s expertise is rooted in using influence and local cross-sector organizing to create social change. Using his skills as an educator, musician, nonprofit leader, and city leader, he seeks to support those who improve the human condition through partnership.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from Illinois State University and professional education license in K-12 music.