Dalia Wimberly joined Ready for School, Ready for Life as the Director of Equity and Engagement in 2023. With over 15 years of nonprofit leadership experience, her professional journey has been marked by a dedication to advancing educational equity and social justice for underserved students and communities, making a profound impact on the lives of thousands of children and families along the way. Dalia’s expertise spans strategic planning, family outreach, community engagement, and educational advocacy. She has developed, managed, and evaluated community and national evidence-based programs and partnerships for organizations such as the Helps Education Fund, Communities in Schools of NC, and the Duke Office of Durham and Community Affairs.
Before joining Ready for School, Ready for Life, Dalia served in a variety of executive leadership roles including Chief Program Officer at The Emily Krzyzewski Center, Chief Executive Officer of RaeBrown Educational Consulting, and Associate Director of Community Impact at Family Connects International. In these roles, her strategic leadership, program development acumen, and strong interpersonal skills have allowed her to cultivate meaningful relationships and partnerships that created and improved much-needed opportunities and resources for children, families, and communities.
Dalia’s passion and commitment to underserved populations is also demonstrated through her community service and leadership involvement. She volunteers her time serving on the Board of Directors for Hope Her Way, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting single mothers through postsecondary education, and Kestrel Heights Charter School in Durham, NC. Dalia’s proficiency in Spanish, along with her strong communication skills, enhances her ability to connect with and serve diverse communities, organizations, and institutions.
Dalia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Social and Economic Justice from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned master’s degrees in education and public policy from North Carolina State University and Duke University, respectively.