Brandon Okpalobi’s journey from the lively streets of New Orleans to becoming the founder, president and CEO of DIBIA Athletic Development and DIBIA Dream, Inc., is remarkable unto itself. Even more powerful than Brandon’s own story is how DIBIA has grown from its beginnings as a summer camp to its comprehensive scope that helps at-risk African-American urban youth beat the odds, realize their potential and achieve their dreams thorough DIBIA Dream.
Selfless, determined, disciplined, and ambitious are all words that aptly describe the Founder and CEO of DIBIA Athletic Development, Brandon Azuka DIBIA Okpalobi. During his time in Miami, Brandon has made significant contributions to the local community, through business and community service. More impressive than his accomplishments on paper are his wonderful character traits. He has selflessly taken an active role in motivating today’s youth through both actions and words to live their best life, and be their best selves, while honoring God.
He leaves a lasting impression on those with whom he comes in contact with. Brandon devotes his time to organizations such as 100 Black Men of South Florida, Breakthrough Miami, Beacon Council New Leadership Taskforce, and is the past President of the Young Professional Network (YPN) Miami.
The mantra, “To lead is to serve” very well describes Brandon as he routinely proves his effective leadership ability through community service and training.
I’Tita-Nefartari Alexander is a dedicated educator, Instructional Coach, and social entrepreneur. She understands that schools need stability, well-trained and experienced educators, equitable resources, and comprehensive culturally relevant curriculums with a clear vision of what good education is. Her work in the public and private sectors of education represent the passion she has for children who are at the heart of her work.
I’Tita began her career ten years ago as a 10th grade English Language Arts teacher. She has since gone on to become an Instructional Coach and Peer-Reviewer with M-DCPS. She provides creative and engaging professional development, assisting educators in implementing inventive instructional strategies in their daily instruction. I’Tita is an organizer and facilitator of district-wide professional development where she helps usher educators to a place of researched based instructional innovation. Her passion for education and adolescent literacy extend far beyond the classroom. She currently sits on the Professionalization of Teaching Task Force, and Young Educators Committee of United Teachers of Dade.
In 2014 she began her work with DIBIA Dream, Inc. where she serves as the Director of Operations and Programming. I’Tita has developed meaningful academic enrichment curricula, which focuses on financial literacy, health and wellness, STEAM education, leadership and mentorship. Her work with DIBIA Dream revealed a void of leadership in the community and undeveloped leadership skills in today’s youth. This inspired her to co-found ACT Nation, Inc. a youth and leadership development agency comprised of trailblazers, who have been galvanized by their commitment to activating the next generation of progressive leaders.
Hartner Elementary Staff
(DREAM Academy – Miami)
KIPP Central City Academy Staff
(DREAM Academy – New Orleans)