Dorothy “Dottie” Reese, LCSW, MPH, CCDP, a principal of DMM & Associates, has extensive experience in management and leadership, in the public, private and non-profit sectors. Her areas of expertise include strategic diversity, equity and inclusion management, performance and change management, community engagement, DBE compliance, education and training, and leadership development. She has utilized her skills as an advanced practitioner in strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion management and social work to assist organizations in assessing and designing solutions that deliver lasting value. As a skilled change agent, she has successfully created and executed strategies designed to increase competitive advantage for organizations and businesses. She has presented workshops on the local, national and international level.
Ms. Reese holds a B.A. in Psychology from Pomona College of the Claremont Colleges in Claremont California, and a Master of Public Health and a Master of Social Work Degrees from Tulane University in New Orleans. She is a licensed clinical social worker and is certified in Advanced Diversity& Inclusion Management from Cornell University in New York. Ms. Reese served on the faculty of Cornell University Executive Diversity& Inclusion Management Studies Program in New York and recently joined the faculty of the Thomas Jefferson University- Institute of Emerging Health Professions Graduate Certificate Program in Diversity.
She has been recognized with honors and awards including, New Orleans Magazine Top Female Achiever, Family Services of Greater New Orleans 10 Outstanding Persons Award , Young Leadership Council Role Model, New Orleans Chapter of Jack and Jill Leadership and Community Service Award , St. Charles Avenue Magazine Community Activist of the Year, Weiss Award, Grace House Woman of Substance, Dorothy Schenthal Leadership Award, Susan G. Komen Foundation Cameo Award, YWCA Role Model of the Year, Data News Community Service Trailblazer, the Louisiana Health Care Social Work Leader of the Year and The New Orleans Medical Association Humanitarian and Community Service Award just to name a few.
Dottie is married to Judge Kern Reese and has two sons Justin and Jared.
She began her life-long work of confronting inequality and working to promote respect for all people early on in her career. She worked tirelessly in the health care profession to promote the rights of all people to have quality health care. Ms. Reese was an
administrator in health care social work, and a health care consultant for 25 years prior to launching a consulting firm. She was on the faculty of Tulane University School of Social Work where she taught the health seminar and coordinated field placement for the health concentration. As a volunteer she has championed human rights for all people, seeing these issues intricately interconnected. Her life of service includes public appointments and innumerable projects at local, state, and national levels.