President & CEO
Dixon Slingerland is the President & CEO of Youth Policy Institute. Since 1996, Dixon has overseen YPI as it has grown to an annual budget exceeding $60 million (including affiliated schools). Dixon leads more than 1,600 staff serving over 115,000 youth and adults each year at 137 program sites in Los Angeles.
YPI is the only agency in the nation to have been awarded all three White House signature neighborhood revitalization initiatives—Promise Neighborhoods, Choice Neighborhoods, and Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation. YPI also partnered with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti to secure a Promise Zone designation, announced by President Obama in January 2014.
YPI operates five schools of its own and partners with 119. YPI is the only agency in LA that directly operates both charter and district schools. Other key YPI programs include Full-Service Community Schools, GEAR UP, 83 public computer centers, FamilySource, YouthSource, and WorkSource Centers, afterschool programs at 85 school sites, TechHire, gang prevention, college preparation, fitness and nutrition, the Families Save program in partnership with Citi, AmeriCorps, YouthBuild, Assets for Independence, re-entry and foster youth, citizenship, summer youth employment, and tutoring.
Dixon is a graduate of Stanford University.