Tené Dolphin has served in both local and national positions with a primary focus on policies and programs that create opportunities for all. Currently Dolphin serves as the Executive Director for National Women’s Business Council (NWBC), providing support and leadership around issues that impact America’s women business owners.
Before joining NWBC, Dolphin served as the strategy and operations lead for Wells Fargo’s Small Business Growth Philanthropy division. While at Wells Fargo, Dolphin developed partnerships that provided direct support for women entrepreneurs through the Connect to More platform. Prior to Wells Fargo, Dolphin served as the first director for the Office of Business Diversity and Opportunity for the city of Birmingham, Alabama. In that role, she established the Mayor’s Inaugural Small Business Council, developed the city’s inclusive procurement program, launched a disparity study, served on the supplier diversity council for the 2022 World Games, and created essential local and national partnerships connecting resources to the city’s small business community.
Before spending time in Alabama, Dolphin spent most of her career in Washington, D.C. In 2017, she was appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to support critical local business initiatives. As the Senior Deputy Director for the Department of Small and Local Business Development, Dolphin provided oversight for the city’s Certified Business Enterprise program, the Aspire program, and the Made in DC program.
In 2008, she was appointed to the Senior Executive Service by President Barack Obama for the U.S. Department of Commerce. She first served as the director of the Office of the Executive Secretariat and then as the Chief of Staff for the Economic Development Administration (EDA). While at EDA, Dolphin elevated the work of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and coordinated White House, departmental, and agency strategic initiatives.
Prior to her federal service, Dolphin led a massive volunteer corps for Washington. D.C. mayoral candidate Adrian Fenty. Upon the success of the campaign, Mayor Fenty appointed Dolphin to serve as his Chief of Staff and the interim director for the Department of Employment Services.
It was the 2004 presidential campaign that opened the door for Dolphin to build a career in public service. She put her operations skills to work and served as the Director of Special Projects for the Democratic National Committee (DNC). There, Dolphin took on a number of efforts including, but not limited to, establishing the DNC’s base of operations in Boston during the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
Dolphin began her career of service as a teacher in the Prince George’s County Public Schools. Among a classroom full of third graders, she helped her students see education as a means to provide economic opportunity.
Dolphin is a proud graduate of Howard University in Washington, D.C., with a degree in psychology. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Leader Greater Washington’s 2012 Class. She is an active humanitarian, volunteering for several local and national organizations. Her highest honor is being mom to her amazing son.