Born and raised in Boston, Dre Woodberry is a class of ‘07 BDEA alumnus. Before graduating from BDEA, Dre was experiencing homelessness which inspired him to use this as a topic for his capstone project and the short film “What it’s Like to be Homeless in Massachusetts” to shed light on the experience of others dealing with homelessness. Dre was presented the Best Youth Filmmaker award at the Roxbury Film Festival in 2007. Shortly after, he received the James Baldwin Scholarship — a full scholarship at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA where he earned his bachelor’s degree.
In 2020, Dre joined the Iota Chi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and currently serves as the chapter’s vice president. He has received three awards in two years of being a member which makes him the first and youngest member to receive multiple awards on the chapter and district level in such a short period of time in the district’s 100-year history. These awards include the chapter and district’s Superior Service awards and this year’s Omega Man of the Year award.
Currently, he is Director of Family Engagement at The Possible Zone. With over 15 years of experience in youth, family, and community engagement, he has also served as a Youth Development Specialist for the Boston Public Health Commission, Teen Director for the Yawkey Boys and Girls Club of Roxbury, and Admissions Director for Boston Green Academy. Because of his love for technology, he has also started a tech education program for the elderly with the Iota Chi Chapter. More recently, Dre has worked closely with another Hampshire College alumnus to create a technology drive for the Omo Child Home in Jinka, Ethiopia. They have collected over 120 devices for the school and organization, and they have traveled there to personally meet and connect with the students, staff members, and local tribal leaders.