Drexell is the Senior Vice President, Education and Workforce for the Dallas Regional Chamber, where he leads the Chamber’s efforts to grow and develop our existing regional talent and workforce.
Prior to joining the DRC, Drexell was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Brave Capital Partners, an investment company focused on catalyzing minority communities in Dallas. Prior to founding Brave, he served as Managing Director and Chief of Staff for Civitas Capital Group, an investment manager with over $1.3 billion in assets, where he was responsible for strategy, operations, and administration. While at Civitas, he also was responsible for managing the GrowSouth Fund, a double-bottom line investment fund focused on investing in southern Dallas.
Before joining Civitas, Drexell founded a strategy consultancy, The Owl Group. Prior to that, he served in several senior strategy positions for Blockbuster Inc., including as Chief of Staff and Vice President of Corporate and Business Development, where he led all M&A and strategic development activity for the company as well as its 10,000-unit kiosk business called Blockbuster Express. In his career, Drexell has also held a strategy position at FedEx Kinko’s and began his career as a strategy consultant at Accenture.
Drexell earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from Rice University, where he was a two-time Track and Field All-American in the triple jump. He is a passionate advocate for education, serving on two non-profit boards in Dallas. Drexell lives in Kessler Park with his wife and three children.
Lanet is the Vice President of Education and Workforce for the Dallas Regional Chamber. She coordinates the Chamber’s public education policy efforts, supports various education initiatives and serves as the Chamber’s liaison with Dallas ISD and other public education entities.
On the state level, Lanet serves as Vice Chair of the Texas Long-Range Plan for Public Education and on a statewide Pre-K policy collaborative. Locally she serves on the Leadership ISD Board of Directors, Early Matters Policy Council and Alignment Council, Commit! Partnership Educator Effectiveness Task Force, Dallas ISD P-TECH Impact Board, Urban Teachers Leadership Council, the UTD Teacher Development Center Advisory Committee, and as facilitator of the Richardson ISD Strategic Plan Student Learning Design Action Team.
A long-time area advocate for public education, Lanet served for 18 years as an elected member of the Richardson ISD Board of Trustees. Lanet is a graduate of Leadership TASB (Texas Association of School Boards) and earned the designation of Master Trustee. Lanet is also a graduate of Leadership Richardson and serves as an elder at Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church. She is actively involved in state and national public education advocacy organizations, as well volunteering extensively in Richardson and Richardson ISD. She has been awarded the Texas PTA Life Membership and the National PTA Life Achievement Award, and was named 2017 Education Outstanding Woman of Today by the Richardson Altrusa Club.
She holds a degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University and has worked professionally in the areas of media relations, crisis communications and education advocacy.
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