WHY WE EXIST

DreamRoot was born from the understanding that sustainable development and progress lay in the hearts and minds of individuals at the grassroots level.  An individual who is empowered with a dream and equipped with the tools and support has immense power to transform their own lives and those around them.

Many people around the world, due to the consequences of poverty and broken systems, have been unable to realize their dreams. Being stunted and paralyzed by their current situations, their lives are a struggle just to survive. Consequently, their dreams become forgotten or buried. But when given the permission to dream again, coupled with training and a conducive environment, amazing things begin to happen. This is where DreamRoot comes in.

  • Champion

    We exist to champion the local leader of underserved communities. We empower them to succeed in raising up the next generation of leaders.

  • Partner

    We collaborate with individuals, organizations, and companies around the world to have a collectively greater impact

  • Equip

    We serve through leadership training, mentoring, and sponsorship to catalyze individual and community transformation.

  • Resource

    We offer tools, resources and a support network for the development of high-capacity leaders.

Our committment

We are committed to investing in leaders and changemakers in underserved communities, equipping and empowering them to solve local challenges and raising up others to do the same. We are a catalyst for dreams, a launching pad for leaders, and an accelerator of transformation.

Our Story

The idea of DreamRoot was first planted through the leadership team’s informal community development initiatives and Jiu Jitsu programs around the world. We saw first-hand the effectiveness of a community-based leadership model but also the gap between the unfilled needs and so many people wanting and able to help. DreamRoot Leadership Institute was formally launched in 2019 as a way to facilitate partnerships and support that has life-changing impact. Our team is made up of business people, academics, development professionals, and mission leaders from around the world.

Meet Our Team

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Amy Passos

Chief Executive Director and Board President

Ms. Passos contributes over a decade of organizational development and management to DreamRoot.

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Ms. Passos contributes over a decade of organizational development and management to DreamRoot. As an entrepreneur, she has experience in start-ups, strategic planning and leadership. She has held positions both within the for-profit and non-profit sectors in the fields of adult training, business development and international development. Ms. Passos holds both a BS in Business Management and a MA in Global Affairs, specializing in economics and development. She completed her residency studies in Cuba. And has worked on leadership and educational programs in Brazil and Haiti.

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Andy Truong

Board Secretary

Andy Truong brings over 15 years of administrative experience working and serving in the public sector.

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Andy Truong brings over 15 years of administrative experience working and serving in the public sector, primarily the Fairfax County Government. In his current position as Financial Specialist, Mr. Truong supervises a staffing team and provides financial management and support to the various Fairfax County programs within Neighborhood and Community services, Office for Children, and the Infant and Toddler Connection. He contributes his leadership skills and experience in procurement, policies and procedures development, oversight and compliance, and audit reviews.

 

Mr. Truong holds a BS in Exercise Science and has held various positions in the fitness and coaching industries including Personal Trainer, Exercise Specialist, and Jiu Jitsu Coach. Mr. Truong has also served various leadership positions, including Board Member at his local church. 

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Anthony Annan

Board Vice-President

Dr. Anthony Annan (Tony) is a proven Senior Executive and Advisor with more than 20 years of financial management success across the banking, consulting, and energy industries.

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Dr. Anthony Annan (Tony) is a proven Senior Executive and Advisor with more than 20 years of financial management success across the banking, consulting, and energy industries. He brings substantial insights to DreamRoot from his global cultural experiences in Africa, the United States, and Europe. He is currently the President of Gladston Group LLC and Senior Advisor at the Whitaker Group Inc. He is also a Professor of Finance at the Caldwell University and holds an Adjunct Professor position at University of Maryland Global Campus. Dr. Annan has held senior executive positions at top international firms, including Ecobank Transnational Inc., the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Citigroup Inc., and the Standard Bank Group. has also held key public- and private-sector positions in Africa, including as the Treasurer for Ghana’s First Atlantic Merchant Bank, and Finance Manager at the Volta River Authority and Electricity Company of Ghana. Prior to his current teaching positions, he was Professor of Finance and Strategy at Virginia International University (VIU) and the University of Phoenix.

 

Dr. Annan holds a doctorate in Business Administration from Georgia State University, an MBA from The Wharton Business School, and a MS in Applied Mathematics and Informatics from the Warsaw School of Economics. He is a certified business valuation analyst and member of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).

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Jennifer Eason

Board Member

Jennifer Eason contributes her extensive cross-cultural expertise, design training, curriculum development and teaching skills

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Jennifer Eason contributes her extensive cross-cultural expertise, design training, curriculum development and teaching skills to Dreamroot’s programs. Ms. Eason began a career in architecture and design where she held a Senior Designer position with SKB Architecture and Design. She later transitioned to becoming an ordained minister focusing on cross-cultural missions and program development. She has lived and worked throughout Haiti as a Field Representative for Global Giving and Director of Community Outreach with Streethearts where she mentored a team of staff, monitored and evaluated programs, worked with street kids to teach life skills and positive identity, and led street outreach events. Ms. Eason has also lived and worked in eastern Congo serving as administrator for U.S. partner relations and taught English, leadership, led Bible studies, and taught design basics for women sewing programs. Currently based in D.C., Ms. Eason travels regularly to Alaska where she works with children in the North Slope. She also partners with local organizations in both the Anchorage area and D.C. to bring awareness to combat human trafficking. Ms. Eason graduated with a BS in Interior Design.

Tony-Passos

Tony Passos

Brazil Field Director

Born in Recife, Brazil, Tony Passos grew up playing soccer at the professional level and then took up training Jiu Jitsu at the age of 18.

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Born in Recife, Brazil, Tony Passos grew up playing soccer at the professional level and then took up training Jiu Jitsu at the age of 18. At age 24, he moved to the U.S. where he began teaching as a Professor of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Today a runs a successful academy and affiliation and coaches at competitions for one of the top Jiu Jitsu teams in the world.  Mr. Passos has dedicated his career to mentoring and leading his students and team of coaches and affiliates on and off the mat for their personal success. When he is not teaching and coaching Jiu Jitsu, he is deeply involved in community outreach initiatives in his hometown of Recife and in Northern Virginia, where he currently resides. Mr. Passos has held various leadership positions at his local church, including Youth Pastor and serving on the elder board.

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Nathan Park

Board Treasurer

Nathan Park is serial entrepreneur with almost two decades of business development and management experience in various industries.

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Nathan Park is serial entrepreneur with almost two decades of business development and management experience in various industries. Beginning as the sole owner of NH Solutions, LLC, for over 10 years, he ran the strategic operations and managed a workforce of over 200 employees that provided commercial cleaning services to over 60 buildings throughout Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland. Wanting a change of pace, Mr. Park became the owner of Northern Virginia Sports Academy (NVSA) where he worked directly with middle school and high school athletes as a group trainer, while also running the day-to-day operations, developing programs and curriculum and managing staff. Today, he is the co-owner and director of Ariake Japanese restaurant.

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David Marroquin

Board Member

David Marroquin is a Senior Mortgage Loan Originator with a decade of experience in the real estate industry

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David Marroquin is a Senior Mortgage Loan Originator with a decade of experience in the real estate industry and 14 years cumulative in the sales industry. As an experienced Senior Loan Originator, his drive, dedication, communication skills and hard work ethics have contributed to his continued personal career growth and expansion of the employers’ corporation. His time spent in the sales industry helped him discover his true passion of leading others to accomplish their homeownership goals through counseling, mentoring and creating a structured game plan catered to each of their needs. He also served on ‘Every Day is Christmas’ to fundraise through sporting events to provide lower income and single-family households with affordable gifts and meals during the holidays. David graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College where he earned his BSA in Business Finance.

Meet Our Team

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Amy Passos

Chief Executive Director and Board President

Ms. Passos contributes over a decade of organizational development and management to DreamRoot.

learn more about amy

Ms. Passos contributes over a decade of organizational development and management to DreamRoot. As an entrepreneur, she has experience in start-ups, strategic planning and leadership. She has held positions both within the for-profit and non-profit sectors in the fields of adult training, business development and international development. Ms. Passos holds both a BS in Business Management and a MA in Global Affairs, specializing in economics and development. She completed her residency studies in Cuba. And has worked on leadership and educational programs in Brazil and Haiti.

Anthony-Annan

Anthony Annan

Board Vice-President

Dr. Anthony Annan (Tony) is a proven Senior Executive and Advisor with more than 20 years of financial management success across the banking, consulting, and energy industries.

learn more about anthony

Dr. Anthony Annan (Tony) is a proven Senior Executive and Advisor with more than 20 years of financial management success across the banking, consulting, and energy industries. He brings substantial insights to DreamRoot from his global cultural experiences in Africa, the United States, and Europe. He is currently the President of Gladston Group LLC and Senior Advisor at the Whitaker Group Inc. He is also a Professor of Finance at the Caldwell University and holds an Adjunct Professor position at University of Maryland Global Campus. Dr. Annan has held senior executive positions at top international firms, including Ecobank Transnational Inc., the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Citigroup Inc., and the Standard Bank Group. has also held key public- and private-sector positions in Africa, including as the Treasurer for Ghana’s First Atlantic Merchant Bank, and Finance Manager at the Volta River Authority and Electricity Company of Ghana. Prior to his current teaching positions, he was Professor of Finance and Strategy at Virginia International University (VIU) and the University of Phoenix.

 

Dr. Annan holds a doctorate in Business Administration from Georgia State University, an MBA from The Wharton Business School, and a MS in Applied Mathematics and Informatics from the Warsaw School of Economics. He is a certified business valuation analyst and member of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA).

Nate-Park

Nathan Park

Board Treasurer

Nathan Park is serial entrepreneur with almost two decades of business development and management experience in various industries.

learn more about nathan

Nathan Park is serial entrepreneur with almost two decades of business development and management experience in various industries. Beginning as the sole owner of NH Solutions, LLC, for over 10 years, he ran the strategic operations and managed a workforce of over 200 employees that provided commercial cleaning services to over 60 buildings throughout Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland. Wanting a change of pace, Mr. Park became the owner of Northern Virginia Sports Academy (NVSA) where he worked directly with middle school and high school athletes as a group trainer, while also running the day-to-day operations, developing programs and curriculum and managing staff. Today, he is the co-owner and director of Ariake Japanese restaurant.

Andy-Truong

Andy Truong

Board Secretary

Andy Truong brings over 15 years of administrative experience working and serving in the public sector.

learn more about andy

Andy Truong brings over 15 years of administrative experience working and serving in the public sector, primarily the Fairfax County Government. In his current position as Financial Specialist, Mr. Truong supervises a staffing team and provides financial management and support to the various Fairfax County programs within Neighborhood and Community services, Office for Children, and the Infant and Toddler Connection. He contributes his leadership skills and experience in procurement, policies and procedures development, oversight and compliance, and audit reviews.

 

Mr. Truong holds a BS in Exercise Science and has held various positions in the fitness and coaching industries including Personal Trainer, Exercise Specialist, and Jiu Jitsu Coach. Mr. Truong has also served various leadership positions, including Board Member at his local church. 

jenn-eason

Jennifer Eason

Board Member

Jennifer Eason contributes her extensive cross-cultural expertise, design training, curriculum development and teaching skills

learn more about jennifer

Jennifer Eason contributes her extensive cross-cultural expertise, design training, curriculum development and teaching skills to Dreamroot’s programs. Ms. Eason began a career in architecture and design where she held a Senior Designer position with SKB Architecture and Design. She later transitioned to becoming an ordained minister focusing on cross-cultural missions and program development. She has lived and worked throughout Haiti as a Field Representative for Global Giving and Director of Community Outreach with Streethearts where she mentored a team of staff, monitored and evaluated programs, worked with street kids to teach life skills and positive identity, and led street outreach events. Ms. Eason has also lived and worked in eastern Congo serving as administrator for U.S. partner relations and taught English, leadership, led Bible studies, and taught design basics for women sewing programs. Currently based in D.C., Ms. Eason travels regularly to Alaska where she works with children in the North Slope. She also partners with local organizations in both the Anchorage area and D.C. to bring awareness to combat human trafficking. Ms. Eason graduated with a BS in Interior Design.

David-Marroquin

David Marroquin

Board Member

David Marroquin is a Senior Mortgage Loan Originator with a decade of experience in the real estate industry

learn more about david

David Marroquin is a Senior Mortgage Loan Originator with a decade of experience in the real estate industry and 14 years cumulative in the sales industry. As an experienced Senior Loan Originator, his drive, dedication, communication skills and hard work ethics have contributed to his continued personal career growth and expansion of the employers’ corporation. His time spent in the sales industry helped him discover his true passion of leading others to accomplish their homeownership goals through counseling, mentoring and creating a structured game plan catered to each of their needs. He also served on ‘Every Day is Christmas’ to fundraise through sporting events to provide lower income and single-family households with affordable gifts and meals during the holidays. David graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland University College where he earned his BSA in Business Finance.

Tony-Passos

Tony Passos

Leader Mentor and Field Director

Born in Recife, Brazil, Tony Passos grew up playing soccer at the professional level and then took up training Jiu Jitsu at the age of 18.

learn more about tony

Born in Recife, Brazil, Tony Passos grew up playing soccer at the professional level and then took up training Jiu Jitsu at the age of 18. At age 24, he moved to the U.S. where he began teaching as a Professor of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. Today a runs a successful academy and affiliation and coaches at competitions for one of the top Jiu Jitsu teams in the world.  Mr. Passos has dedicated his career to mentoring and leading his students and team of coaches and affiliates on and off the mat for their personal success. When he is not teaching and coaching Jiu Jitsu, he is deeply involved in community outreach initiatives in his hometown of Recife and in Northern Virginia, where he currently resides. Mr. Passos has held various leadership positions at his local church, including Youth Pastor and serving on the elder board.

LOCAL LEADERS

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Jhon

Arte Suave Founder / Paulista, Brazil

Jhonatas (Jhon) is the leader of Arte Suave, a social initiative that offers accessible Jiu Jitsu classes and community to at-risk children, youth and adults in several locations throughout the Recife metropolitan area in Brazil. He is a devoted husband and father of two.

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David and Rose

Soccer Initiative / Fonfrede, Haiti

David and Rose are leaders of a community soccer initiative that works with local children and youth in the surrounding villages. They have a heart and vision for a flourishing Haiti. They are raising their two beautiful children while running their own goat farm.

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David

Jiu Jitsu Initiative / São José da Tapera, Brazil

David leads a Jiu Jitsu program in one of the most impoverished towns in all of Brazil, São José da Tapera in the state of Alagoas. He works with the youth and adults in the town and is currently participating in our Jiu Jitsu Train the Trainer Leadership Cohort.

Our Sponsors and Partners

Sponsors are a vital part of our team.

Mission

DreamRoot seeks to raise up high-capacity leaders in underserved communities who will be the solution to society’s most persistent problems.

Vision

To see every person, regardless of their life’s circumstances, be given the opportunity to realize and achieve their dreams; where they are living out their fullest potential and all of society advances as a result.

Our belief

A deep conviction at DreamRoot is that every life has value, purpose and potential; and that everyone has the ability to rise to greatness. We believe that one’s dreams and aspirations are a roadmap to fulfilling their unique calling. Having a dream and vision for one’s life is imperative to thrive and progress. Without it, time, talent, and resources are squandered and potential is left unrealized. The dream dies in the ground before it even had a chance to take root. For a dream to grow and bear fruit, it must be rooted and grounded in a conducive environment with the right preparation. The world needs the dreams, talents, and creative solutions of every individual. As one individual rises, we all rise. Here’s to a brighter future marked by unleashed talent, realized dreams, and thriving communities. 

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