De’Shawn Wright: From Ad Man to Education Driver

June 29, 2011  |  

(Washington Examiner) — “You couldn’t tell me I was not going to be Don Draper,” confided De’Shawn Wright, the District’s acting deputy mayor for education, referring to the protagonist of the popular television series “Mad Men.” The redirection of his ad man dream was triggered by interaction with a group of 11- to 17-year-old boys from New York’s Lower East Side.  Responding to a co-worker’s request for volunteers, Wright agreed to help organize recreational activities for the boys. “These were New York kids. They were incredibly smart and incredibly street savvy. I was in awe of them,” he explained.

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