• Public school educator for 28 years
  • First Black female elected to the Tallahassee City Commission, including two terms as Tallahassee Mayor
  • Former Executive Director for the Capital Area Community Action Agency, Inc. serving the needs of low-income residents in eight North Florida counties for over 14 years
  • Co-Founder of Loved by Jesus Family Church
  • Founder of Safe Spaces for Kids Non-Profit



  • Governing Body, Council on the Status of Men and Boys
  • Board member, South City Foundation
  • Past President, Capital Area Healthy Start
  • Past President, Girl Scout Council of Apalachee Bend
  • Past Board Member:
  • Friends of Our Parks Foundation
  • Children’s Defense Fund Black Community Crusade for Children
  • Whole Child Leon
  • Early Learning Coalition
  • Tourist Development Council
  • Civic Center Authority
  • Common Cause Florida
  • Florida Prosperity Partnership
  • Florida League of Cities
  • TLH Little Theater
  • Florida Arts Council
  • Florida Affordable Housing Coalition
  • TLH Historic Preservation Board
  • Florida Children’s Campaign

Environmental Service:

  • Tri-State Board Member, Legal Environmental Assistance Foundation
  • Hosted Regional Environmental Justice Conference
  • Dorothy Inman-Johnson Park on Kleman named in Dot’s honor recognizing public service, particularly in the development of the Plaza.

Local, Regional & National Recognitions:

  • Presidential appointee to the National Superfund Advisory Committee
  • Served on first collective bargaining team for Leon Classroom Teachers Association
  • Featured in publications including McCall Magazine, US News & World Report, New York Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • Founding member of Democratic Black Caucus of Florida
  • Past Vice-Chair of Leon County Democratic Executive Committee
  • American Institute of Architects appointee to the Honors Award Jury for City Design
  • Author of 4 books since 2012
  • Member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. since 1967


  • 2023 C.K. Steele Foundation Living Legend Award
  • 2023 National Civil Rights Conference Civil Rights & Social Justice Award
  • Tallahassee Democrat 25 Women You Need to Know
  • LCDEC Elected Official of the Year
  • Florida A&M University Award of Excellence
  • Girl Scouts Women of Distinction Award
  • UPHS Non-Profit Leadership Award


Dot's first book, POVERTY, POLITICS, and RACE in America.
Dot's second book titled "Lessons from America's Best and Worst Cities".
Tallahassee's Black History Firsts
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