Dawn Lockhart: Chief Executive Officer

Dawn Lockhart

Jacksonville, FL – Dawn Lockhart has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, an organization that connects, strengthens and advocates for a strong nonprofit community in the region.

A long-time resident of northeast Florida, Lockhart brings a commitment to enabling a thriving local nonprofit sector and significant organizational development experience. She has worked in the nonprofit community since 1984 and has extensive experience in leading and serving on a variety of boards and committees.

Most recently, Lockhart was Director of Strategic Partnerships in the Mayor’s Office of the City of Jacksonville. During her tenure, she was responsible for developing a shared agenda between the private sector, philanthropy, nonprofits and government. Working across all sectors, she developed strategic partnerships which facilitated innovative collaborations and program policy reforms resulting in better outcomes for citizens. In 2023, her successful efforts were recognized by the Council on Foundations and the Secretary of HUD as a partnership awardee for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships.

Previously, she was President and CEO of the Family Foundations of Northeast Florida in Jacksonville,
which provides mental health, financial and housing counseling, asset building, financial literacy education, and advocacy services. During her many years of service, she led the advancement of successful program initiatives that increased the quality of life for thousands of families and individuals in northeast Florida.

The Nonprofit Center is a vital support system for local nonprofits. It provides services, programs and information resources for its members while advocating for the Northeast Florida nonprofit sector locally and at the state level. The Center provides local government, civic and business leaders, and the media insights and information to promote smart decision-making and public support for local nonprofits. For more information, visit https://nonprofitctr.org/.