David H. Dix

David H. Dix

Board Member

David Dix is Co-Founder, Chairman and CEO of Luminous Strategies. For the past two decades, David has built synergies on both sides of the aisle by working closely with Republicans and Democrats enabling him to forge broad and meaningful national relationships that lead to successful outcomes. Where there are challenges and  discord, David has applied his fine-tuned skill in building consensus and buy-in from divergent groups.

As Managing Director of Luminous Strategies, David leads and directs the day to day operations of the firm’s government relations division. At both the state and federal  level David manages client needs by advising corporate, nonprofit, educational and governmental stakeholders how to navigate the political and legislative process.

David’s extraordinary track record prior to forming Luminous, included serving in  various key roles for Pennsylvania Governors Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker. David performed, supported and promoted the successful outcomes of PA House Majority Leader Dave Reed and current Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. In 2005, he directed the national effort to organize and elevate the political voice of minorities with the Republican Party by leading the Republican Diversity Committee.

By 2007 David Dix made a profound political transition by supporting then Senator Barack Obama's candidacy for President. He steered the fundraising efforts in Pennsylvania by serving as a finance director for Obama for America (OFA).

Of his many accomplishments during of that historic campaign, David is most proud of hosting the unprecedented and groundbreaking “High Volume, Low Dollar” fundraiser for the first time in Philadelphia that became the staple of President Obama’s fundraising strategy.

After President Obama’s successful election David collaborated with the White House and advocacy organizations such as Green for All, 1Sky, and the League of Young Voters to design a national environmental policy agenda. His efforts led to the development of federal policy that culminated in the American Clean Energy and Security Act (ACES); moving through the House and the Kerry-Boxer Climate  bill getting out of Committee.

David continued to support President Obama by serving on the OFA National Finance Committee and Co-founding Generation FortyFour or Gen44 for short, a council that empowered a rising generation of leadership for individuals under 40 years old in support of President Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.

By 2010, David was motivated to unite his career experience, his passion of politics  and public policy to launch Luminous Strategies.
As the managing director and CEO of Luminous Strategies, David strives daily to develop innovative approaches to civic engagement, advocacy and government relations. Since its inception, his firm has risen to prominence, now holding the distinction as the largest African American owned lobbying firm in the Commonwealth  of Pennsylvania.

Not a stranger of controversy, David made recent headlines when he hosted then Candidate Donald Trump, in North Philadelphia, for a meeting to discuss issues affecting African Americans. It was that meeting that forged a relationship with  President Trump that has continued to develop and is evidenced by his recent signing of an Executive Order in support of Historically Black Colleges and Universities  (HBCU).

A native of Erie, Pennsylvania David studied political science and marketing at Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he was the student representative on the Board of Trustees. More Recently, David was nominated by Governor Tom Wolf as the  Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on African American Affairs (GACAAA) he also serves as Treasurer of the Community College of Philadelphia Foundation Board (CCP), Co-Convener for the Philadelphia Community of Leaders (PCoL) and holds life memberships in both the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity  Incorporated.

He currently shares time between the birthplace of American Democracy, Philadelphia and the Sweetest Place on Earth, Hershey Pennsylvania.

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