DeDreana Freeman lives in East Durham with her husband and three children. She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication from Rutgers University and is currently enrolled in North Carolina Central University's Master of Public Administration program. She serves as the Special Assistant to the President for East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI), a nonprofit focused on the cradle to college or career pipeline for the East Durham community.
Since moving to Durham in 2007, DeDreana has worked with a number of community and non-profit organizations to build a more equitable Durham. Her leadership roles and community involvement include, but are not limited to:
- Durham Democratic Party Precinct No. 17, Chair 2012-present
- Durham Democratic Party, 3rd Vice Chair 2014-15
- N.C. Democratic Party, Convention Delegate 2014-present
- N.C. Democratic Party State Executive Board 2016-present
- Durham City & County Planning Commission, Commissioner
- Diocese of North Carolina, Racial Justice and Reconciliation Committee Member
- Episcopalians United Against Racism, Co-Founder/Core Team Leader
- Organizing Against Racism (OAR) Durham, Coordinating Committee/Organizer
- Inter-Neighborhood Council of Durham, President
- Northeast Central Durham Leadership Council, Chair
- County of Durham Transportation Advisory Board (ACCESS), Chair
DeDreana also co-founded Durham Equitable Economic Partnership (DEEP), a startup non-profit that focuses on creating permanent affordable housing for marginalized minority communities. DeDreana is an experienced small business owner and consultant with an expertise in communication, strategic planning and data analysis.