Shari Dunn

Attorney, news anchor, CEO, professor, thinker, agent of change, and game show winner.

The recognition

2019 Women of Influence: Portland Business Journal

2018 Executive of the Year: Portland Business Journal

Driving Force Award: Governor Kate Brown, Oregon

2019 Extraordinary Executive Director: Portland Monthly Magazine, Light a Fire Awards

The journey

The Beginning

I’ve come a long way from 3322 North 14th Street in Milwaukee, WI. Raised in a working-class, Blue-collar, African-American neighborhood in the industrial mid-west, I am the first in my nuclear family to graduate from college or law school. Through the dedication of my mother, luck and hard work I was able to attend Marquette University, study abroad in Mexico and London and enter the world with the clear understanding that; “I belong in any room that I am in.” 


It has been a wild ride with highs and lows! A few stand out moments for me include interviewing civil rights icons, Harry Belafonte and Julian Bond and being a guest on the Oprah Winfrey show and a contestant on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" And the one gift I keep close to my heart is using my legal skills to grant a dying woman her last wish, visitation with her son, nothing will ever matter more to me.

What's Next

I am here to share what I have learned with all those who wish to hear my message(s). We can reinvent our work, ourselves, and our communities. We can innovate, understand, and transform who are and what we do by excavating our past, holding it up to the light and then charting a new course towards a shared future rooted in understanding.