Zenetta S. Drew

Executive Director, Dallas Black Dance Theatre

Zenetta Drew has been with Dallas Black Dance Theatre (DBDT) since 1987 and has seen the company grow dramatically over her tenure from an annual operating budget of $175,000 to over $3.9 million. The company’s yearly services have grown from 30 to over 800 with national and international venues, and audience growth has increased from 20,000 to 150,000 annually. To date, the company has performed in 31 states, 15 countries and on 5 continents.

Prior to joining DBDT, Zenetta’s professional background included 12 years of accounting and management experience at ARCO Oil and Gas Co. During this time, she held nine positions of increasing management responsibility. Most notable were her assignments managing offshore oil platform projects in the Gulf of Mexico and as oil revenue accounting manager where she was responsible for 50% of corporate revenue.

An avid voice in the community, Zenetta serves on multiple boards including, the Board of Governors for TACA (The Arts Community Alliance), the Advisory Board of SMU DataArts at Southern Methodist University, the Business Advisory Council for Texas A&M University – Commerce, as well as a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization.

Zenetta holds a B.B.A. in Accounting from East Texas State University and a Management Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership from Brookhaven College. She is also a graduate of Leadership Dallas (1991), Leadership Texas (2010), and Leadership International (2013).