Our Board

Otis Hackney

Interim Board Chair and President & CEO, National "I Have A Dream" Foundation

Otis Hackney is the President & CEO of the “I Have A Dream” Foundation and is responsible for leading the national education nonprofit and its vision of college access and opportunity for all. He believes every child deserves to attend great schools within their own communities and is committed to effecting positive, sustainable social change.

In his previous role as Chief Education Officer for the City of Philadelphia, Otis championed crucial collaboration and partnerships with stakeholders to strengthen the local educational landscape and advance key educational policy. He helped the School District of Philadelphia (SDP) return to local control with a mayoral-appointed board and worked to secure free internet access for students to participate in virtual learning at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. In partnership with the SDP, he launched several important equity-centered initiatives, including a locally funded PreK program called Community Schools. Ever mindful of the importance of access to post-secondary opportunity, Otis is also known for working with the Community College of Philadelphia to secure tuition-free scholarships and basic needs support.

Otis joined the National Board of Directors at the “I Have a Dream” Foundation in 2019. Along with his extensive knowledge and experience in education, his tenure on the board made him a prudent choice for President & CEO. Under his leadership, IHDF is well-poised to continue making equitable education a reality by engaging communities and children (“Dreamers”) through individualized programming and guaranteed post-secondary tuition support.

Dane Smith

Vice Chair

Dane Smith received a Bachelor of Science from Boston College in 1973 and an MBA from Mississippi College 1979.
He is a retired Partner/Senior VP of The Macerich Company, a fortune 500 Company, and Real Estate
Investment Trust involved in the acquisition, management, development, redevelopment and leasing of
major retail shopping centers throughout the United States. He is currently a real estate investor as both
a silent and active partner in small to mid-size residential rental communities.

Originally from the east coast, Dane and his wife, Judy, have lived in Dallas since 1981, where they raised their four sons. He is active in his church community and participated in several Youth Mission trips to various
underserved communities in the south and southwest, to help with building and home renovation
projects. Dane is an Eagle Scout, and served as Boy Scout leader for over 25 years. He has been a member of the
Board of IHDF-Dallas for more than 10 years.

Lowell Davis

Secretary

Lowell serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Texas Arlington. Previously, he was the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington. Lowell served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success at Western Carolina University (WCU), located in the mountains of western North Carolina. He came to WCU from the University of Alabama (“Roll Tide!”) where he rose through the ranks of both Academic and Student Affairs. There, he founded Alabama Reach, an office serving the needs of students coming to the institution from the foster care system, homelessness, or parental emancipation. Lowell has continued to focus on supporting these populations, and has successfully established partnerships to provide emergency housing, domestic services, and other resources. Lowell was selected as the staff member of the year for the Southern (athletic) Conference and is the immediate past President for the North American Association of Summer Sessions. Lowell completed an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship at University of California Davis and is a current member of the Council of Fellows.

Lowell is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated, and is involved in several other social and civic organizations. At the core of Lowell’s professional and community activities is a strong appreciation for building relationships. Whether he is working with students, community members, coworkers or strangers, Lowell is always endeavoring to build bridges and strengthen his community.

Josh McArtor

Treasurer

Josh McArtor, a top producing real estate professional for over twenty five years, specializes in investment sales, sale lease-backs, and recapitalizations for his institutional clients. Josh McArtor throughout his real estate career has been involved in over $119 billion worth of real estate transactions including $84 billion of investment sales across the United States.  Josh McArtor is known for his creative thinking and possesses unique and proven negotiating skills that allow clients to achieve the highest and best value for their investments, as proven by numerous repeat business nationally.  Prior to joining Eastdil Secured, Mr. McArtor was an Executive Vice President of CBRE’s National Partners where he focused on industrial investment sales on behalf of domestic pension funds and offshore investors. Josh is on the Board of Christ Family Clinic providing free healthcare to the underprivileged and a member of the Touchdown Club for the RISE School Dallas.

Mr. McArtor received a B.B.A, with honors, in Finance from the Abilene Christian University and is a Licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Texas.

Aaron Brinkman

Board Member

Aaron has an extensive history of involvement with the “I Have A Dream” Foundation Dallas that spans nearly two decades. He started as a volunteer at the Cedar Springs center, later transitioning to a board position where he influenced the organization’s leadership and strategy. Professionally, Aaron has held executive roles in the interactive entertainment industry at Activision Blizzard and now with GameMill Entertainment, a private equity-backed gaming publisher. He also founded SWB Investments, which oversees a diverse portfolio of real estate-industry companies. Aaron resides in Dallas with his wife Molly and their two young children.

Lew Friedland

Board Member

Lew has been active in the commercial real estate investment and development business for over thirty-five years. Mr. Friedland currently serves as Managing Partner of Miramar Industrial and is a Senior Advisor to Mileway, the largest owner of last mile logistics real estate assets in Europe.  He is a Board Member of Rentable Technologies, Inc. and an Advisor to PredictAP.  Mr. Friedland was a Managing Director at Colony Capital, Inc., a global real estate and investment management firm, beginning in December 2014, where he managed and oversaw Colony Capital’s industrial business including the Colony Industrial Fund which was sold to Blackstone in December 2019. 

Prior to joining Colony Capital, Mr. Friedland was the founder and a Managing Partner of Cobalt Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on acquiring, managing and developing industrial properties, from April 2002 until its acquisition by Colony Capital in December 2014, where he managed and oversaw the management team and the day-to-day operations of the business. From June 1997 to May 2001, Mr. Friedland also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of American Industrial Properties REIT, a publicly-traded industrial real estate investment trust, from April 1998 to May 2001 and as Vice President and Chief Investment Officer from May 1997 to April 1998. Mr. Friedland was a founding partner of Crimson Partners, an investment firm engaged in the acquisition and development of real estate assets, from June 1992 to May 1997.  From September 1988 to May 1992, Mr. Friedland was at Trammell Crow Company, a commercial real estate development and investment company, most recently serving as Division Partner and Managing Director, where he was responsible for the company’s development, leasing, and property management activities in central Virginia.   

Mr. Friedland currently serves as a national board member of the I Have A Dream Foundation, which empowers children from under-resourced communities to succeed in school, college, and career by providing academic, social, and emotional support from elementary school through college, along with postsecondary tuition assistance.  Mr. Friedland holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.  

W. Bowman Givhan, Jr.

Board Member

Bowman is a transactional attorney specializing in mergers and acquisitions, real estate joint ventures and other complex corporate transactions and governance matters.

He has experience representing both public and private companies, private equity funds, family offices, individuals and other clients in buy and sell-side M&A transactions. His practice is focused primarily in the commercial real estate and healthcare industries, however he has experience representing clients in various other industries including energy, hospitality, heavy manufacturing, insurance, logistics, retail and technology.

Bowman also represents developers, private equity firms and other capital providers in the commercial real estate industry with the structuring and negotiation of real estate joint ventures, real estate funds and other complex real estate transactions.

In addition to the above areas of expertise, Bowman also has extensive experience representing clients in the structuring and negotiation of a variety of other transactions, investment vehicles, joint ventures and partnerships as well as corporate governance issues.

Bowman received his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Alabama and JD from Georgetown University Law Center.