Dawnita Wilson

Dawnita Wilson currently serves as the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion officer at WETA (Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association), the leading public broadcasting station in the nation’s capital.  

As WETA’s Chief DEI Officer, Dawnita is responsible for developing and leading the organizations multi-year strategy and driving sustainable behavioral and cultural change. As a member of the executive leadership team, Dawnita works closely with WETA’s CEO and other key stakeholders to advance DEI across all programs and services throughout WETA and its subsidiary, NewsHour Productions. 

Dawnita has been a successful DEI leader for over 15 years and has worked across multiple industries within Global and U.S. based organizations, including Sodexo (one of the world’s largest food service and facilities management companies), Highmark, UPMC, and others.  As a trusted thought leader and business partner, she has successfully implemented transformational frameworks that have been the catalyst for advancing workplace DEI efforts.  Her passion and commitment to her work continues to drive results and make a difference, both internally and externally.

Dawnita holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s Degree from La Roche University in Pittsburgh.  She has also maintained her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification since 2006.

Dawnita was the individual recipient of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) 2020 “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Recognition Award”, was recognized as one of the 2021 “Top 100 Diversity Officers” by the National Diversity Council and was featured as one of “The 10 most Influential Black Women is Business to Follow in 2021” by CIO Views Magazine. She was a 2021 Washington Business Journal “Diversity in Business Award” honoree and this past March, was named one of the 2023 Most Influential Executives in Diversity and Inclusion by Savoy Magazine.