Daniel J. Downer (he/him) is an award-winning community advocate, facilitator, and speaker with a long history of advocating for Black and Brown LGBTQ+, racial, and social movements in Central Florida. Through his work with community initiatives and organizations, Daniel has combined his lived experience with his educational and professional expertise to not only lead community conversations but create movement in addressing diversity, equity, health equity, HIV, inclusion, and LGBTQ+ issues.
Daniel currently serves as the Executive Director of The Bros in Convo Initiative, a community organization in Orlando educating and empowering young Black gay, bisexual, queer, and same gender loving men through comprehensive health education, STI prevention linkage, and peer support. He is also an Associate Facilitator for the Equality Institute, a boutique DEI firm providing relevant, impactful, and comprehensive solutions to organizations to help build and strengthen their strategy to infuse diversity and inclusion into the culture, enhancing outcomes for everyone. Daniel sits on the Board of Directors of RAHMA, a Black Muslim-led organization addressing HIV/AIDS in faith communities through education, advocacy, and empowerment. And he also sits on the Grant Committee of Contigo Fund, a philanthropic effort to strengthen and network existing agencies and to identify and support grassroots efforts that advance Latinx and LGBTQ causes and the intersection of these two communities.
In acknowledgment of his commitment to health, racial, and social equity, Daniel was honored by GLAAD in 2018 with the Rising Star Award, in 2019 The Red Door Foundation Leadership Achievement Award, and in 2020 The Demetrick Brown Humanitarian Award by Metro Inclusive Health and one of Watermark's Most Remarkable Persons in Central Florida. He will be the 2021 Recipient of The Orlando Trailblazer Award at the annual Harvey Milk Breakfast & LGBT+ Center Diversity Awards.
Emory COMPASS Coordinating Center
"Daniel is amazing! His ability to translate complex concepts and dynamic storytelling truly helped our grantee partners in identifying ways to reach the next level"
"Daniel is such a beautiful spirit and his insight on meaningful diversity, equity, and inclusion is vital to any organization looking to develop their DEI policies and practices."
Central Florida Foundation
"Daniel is an excellent resource for any and everyone; his ability to crystallize a personalized action plan and provide feedback for us was invaluable."
"We love Daniel! We are extremely energized by session today and plan to use the strategies learned to enhance our company."
Human Rights Campaign
"Daniel is amazing at what he does. He is informative, fun and engaging; and his spirit is beautiful. He is truly an inspiration."