Doris Dixon

Doris Dixon DSU Colloquia SeriesDoris Dixon is a legislative analyst in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs where she serves as a liaison to members of Congress and their staff on several of the Obama administration’s key education initiatives. Before returning to government service in 2008, she was a consultant to the Council on Higher Education Accreditation.

Prior to the consultancy, she served as President of Very Special Arts (VSA), an organization that promotes access to the arts for people with disabilities.

In 1995, Dixon was selected as the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) first director of government relations and established the Washington, D.C. office for the NCAA – a position she held for seven years.

Prior to her work at the NCAA, she served for seven years on the United States Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and the Senate Labor/HHS/Educations Appropriations Subcommittee, where she helped initiate several key pieces of federal education legislation, including the Higher Education Act and the Americans with Disability Act (ADA).

From 1985-1989, Dixon served in the position she currently holds at the Department of Education in the Office of Legislative Affairs.

Dixon moved to Washington, D.C. in 1982 from Memphis to work for Rep. Harold Ford, Sr. – the first black congressman from the Deep South since reconstruction.

Prior to moving to Washington, she was an art teacher and a wallpaper designer.

Dixon graduated from the Memphis College of Arts with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts.