Champion of Pride Award

Champion of Pride | Dwayne Crenshaw

Champion of Pride: An individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in the LGBTQ community over an extended period of years with consideration to service to San Diego Pride.

Dwayne Crenshaw

Dwayne is a native San Diegan and lifelong resident of southeastern San Diego. His deep knowledge of San Diego’s neighborhoods and his community activism, which began at the age of thirteen, are invaluable in his role as a nonprofit and community leader. As President & CEO of The Humanity Movement, Dwayne Crenshaw is responsible for the organization’s effective management and operation on a day-to-day basis and leads the teams policy development and advocacy work.

He previously served as CEO and Co-Founder of RISE San Diego from 2014 to 2020, as the executive director of San Diego LGBT Pride from 2011 to 2013 and the Coalition of Neighborhood Councils from 2005 to 2009, where he advanced issues of community development and social justice. From 2000 to 2004, he promoted resident ownership of neighborhood change in southeastern San Diego as the director of community ownership at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. San Diego Metropolitan Magazine has named Dwayne Crenshaw as one of “San Diego’s Smartest Young Professionals – 40 under 40.”

Prior to his roles in nonprofit management, Dwayne Crenshaw had eight years of government experience as an aide to state and local elected officials, including former California Lieutenant Governor Cruz Bustamante. Dwayne Crenshaw began his public service career as one of eighteen James M. Unruh Assembly Fellows who are chosen from hundreds of applicants each year to serve in the California state capitol. Dwayne Crenshaw’s community service has included membership with the Southeast Rotary Club and participation on boards for San Diego State; Lincoln, High Tech and Hoover High Schools; the San Diego Union-Tribune; UC San Diego’s Chancellor; the San Diego Community College District; San Diego’s Chief of Police; The Committed Collective; Harmonium, Inc; Torrey Pines Bank; and, Encanto Neighborhoods Community Planning Group.

He graduated from San Diego State University in 1994 where he majored in elementary education and was elected student body president of the 35,000-student campus. While working in the state capitol, he completed the coursework for a master’s in government from California State University, Sacramento. In 2011, he received his juris doctorate from California Western School of Law, where he twice earned the highly-coveted Distinguished Advocate recognition.

Dwayne Crenshaw resides in the Encanto community of southeastern San Diego. He is a proud dog dad and the active uncle of five nieces, four nephews, and two great-nieces and enjoys regular dinners with his entire immediate family at his parent’s home.

Dwayne will be honored at the Spirit of Stonewall Rally on Friday, July 16, 2021. Learn more about the rally, the other awardees, and the event here.


About San Diego Pride

San Diego Pride raises funds primarily through festival ticket and beverage sales, and through sponsorships, and exhibitor fees. These funds support San Diego Pride’s community philanthropy which has distributed more than $2.5 million in advancement of its mission to foster pride, equality, and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities locally, nationally, and globally.