Debra Kilpatrick Byrd brings over 20 years of event planning, community outreach, government relations, program development and marketing leadership as the principal and owner of DAK Occasions & Marketing, LLC. Mrs. Kilpatrick Byrd has held several executive level positions as Chief of Staff for the DC Fire Department, National Coordinator at the Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Director of the BET Foundation/BET Networks and Director of Programs for the American Diabetes Association that laid the foundation for her vast expertise in event management, program development and marketing. Mrs. Kilpatrick Byrd has been responsible for several nationally successful initiatives and specializes in non-profit program development, fund development, marketing, and overall operations. Mrs. Kilpatrick Byrd has served on local and national health projects and panels. She offers a proven amount of experience in health disparities, behavioral health, public awareness and safety through a multi-platform integrated approach to health education including public awareness campaigns and grassroots programming.
When Debra was asked as her reasons for joining Volunteer Maryland’s AmeriCorps program; “I saw a need with a client that deserved to have volunteers to further its agenda. I am a homeowner and I want to make sure others have the same benefits.” She is referring to the need of volunteers at the site she is serving for in the 2017-18 service year. Housing Options and Planning Enterprises or H.O.P.E. ensures equal access to housing and capital for all persons through counseling, programs and services. H.O.P.E. offers a wide range of services designed to foster self-sufficiency, wealth building, and housing that meets the needs of the communities they serve.
Her goal is to have “a lifetime network of people who think like I do, increase my outreach skills, and have wanted to become an AmeriCorp Member for a long time.”
You can learn more about Debra, and Housing Options and PLanning Enterprises at www.hopefinancial.org