Nashville Cable celebrates Black History Month with Possip founder and CEO Shani Jackson Dowell, the first black woman from Tennessee to raise more than $1 million in venture capital funding.
Though she is now also an experienced tech CEO, Dowell is a parent and educator at heart.
A graduate of Howard University and Stanford Graduate School of Business, Dowell started her career at Bain & Co. and helped launch The Posse Foundation’s Boston office. Dowell has been a middle school math teacher in Houston, and was the Founding executive director of Teach For America in Nashville. In 2017 she founded Possip, a technology company that helps schools, districts and communities routinely hear from those at the front lines — starting with schools and parents. Possip has grown to over 100 schools across 16 states with 7 full-time team members. In December 2019 Dowell became the first black woman in Tennessee to raise over $1 million in venture funding — and joined the first 50 black women in the nation to meet this milestone.
Dowell is an alumna of Leadership Nashville and sits on the Board of Nashville Classical Charter School. She is an ex-officio member of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center Board where she is also an Entrepreneur-in-Residence. Dowell lives in East Nashville with her husband and children.