Dante received his B.A. in Environmental Studies and Minor in Political Science from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, in 2010. He received his Masters in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Baltimore in 2017.
Why should you trust Dante to understand what this city needs? He is in a unique position to understand many of the struggles of the city: from a financially difficult upbringing, to racial injustice, LGTBQ inequality, and mental health stigmas, Dante represents–and cares for–so many of the disenfranchised in our city. Help elect him mayor and he will work tirelessly to make Baltimore a better place for every person who calls it home.
Not just another corrupt politician–Dante is a real person who cares about Baltimore and wants the best for the city!
Dante grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, in a single-parent household, but was raised by his mom, grandmothers, and aunts. He empathizes with the experience of many single parents/guardians making a living for themselves and their children, and the sacrifices necessary to do so. Dante also wants to lift up the struggles so many multi-parent households experience as well.
After Winthrop, Dante entered an economy in recession, and took part-time jobs that were unrelated to his degree and aspirations for years.
In 2014, Dante moved north from a brief stint in Chapel Hill, NC, after acceptance to the University of Baltimore. Since 2015, he has worked for the Energy Justice Network, an environmental justice nonprofit based in Philadelphia. As an Environmental Justice Researcher & Organizer, he’s worked constantly to build the case against the city’s largest air polluter, the Wheelabrator Baltimore trash incinerator. He and Energy Justice led the charge to pass the Baltimore Clean Air Act, designed to make both Wheelabrator and Curtis Bay Energy – the nation’s largest medical waste incinerator – accountable for their pollution, or to shut down. The bill passed unanimously on February 11, 2019, and was signed into law on March 7. He also designed incentivized recycling pilots, known as Divert Baltimore, to show the city that access, education, and a bit of an incentive will boost recycling rates significantly. Moreover, his experience as a grant proposal writer for Energy Justice will allow him to play a role in raising money for the city through foundations, governments, and corporations.
Despite a steady job, Dante works paycheck-to-paycheck like the majority of Baltimoreans, and does Uber and Lyft on weekends. So, you might catch a ride from him!
Get to know him as more than just a politician:
Fleetwood Mac, Bee Gees, Sade, Chicago, Prince, ELO (he’s not 60 all the time, he swears), Matchbox 20, Empire of the Sun, Earth, Wind & Fire…to be continued…
Contradancing, kickball, dodgeball, hustling to bus stops