Dalitso Sulamoyo is the President/CEO of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies, a membership organization of 40 not for profits and public entities that serve communities and the economically challenged citizens of Illinois. The Association’s members provide an array of services to children, families and senior citizens. Dalitso has been highly successful in generating several funding sources for the association and building a strong association that is responsive to the needs of the Community Action network and families with low income in Illinois.
Dalitso is also the President & CEO of the Illinois Community Action Development Corporation, a statewide affordable housing development corporation and the Illinois Community Action Fund, the advocacy arm for Community Action in Illinois. As the President & CEO of the Illinois Community Action Development Corporation, Dalitso has overseen the development of two affordable housing complexes worth over $15 million combined in West Frankfort, Beardstown and Hoopeston, Illinois. Currently, Dalitso is providing leadership for the Development Corporation to develop affordable housing throughout the state of Illinois.
Dalitso graduated from Illinois College (Magna Cum Laude) with a BA in Political Science and International Relations. Dalitso received a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Labor Relations and two Masters Degrees in Political Studies and Public Administration with a focus on non-profit management from the University of Illinois at Springfield. Recently Dalitso completed his Ph.D in Organization Development from Benedictine University.
He has published his research and work in leading scholarly journals and presented internationally on various aspects of Organization Development. He contributed a chapter in an international consulting book titled Research in Management Consulting (Volume 11) and Research in Organizational Change and Development (Volume 3) series where he discussed the peer consulting model he co-developed in Illinois. He recently contributed a chapter in a book titled Global and International Organization Development (Fifth Edition) where he discussed culture and strategic OD in Africa. His other work has been featured in the Organization Development Journal and the Organization Development Practitioner. He recently completed a book on OD in Southern Africa titled Creating Opportunities for Organization Development and Change in Southern Africa. The Book is a volume in contemporary trends in Organization Development and Change.
In 2010 he led a delegation consisting of four Community Action professionals to Port Au Prince, Haiti. The delegation worked with local Haitians in the most impoverished area of Port Au Prince to rebuild a school destroyed after the 2010 earthquake. Since then, the local community has expanded the school with four new buildings and increased enrollment with children living in tent cities.
Dalitso serves on numerous local, state and regional boards. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, Mu Delta Lambda Chapter of Springfield, Illinois. He is also the Vice President of the Mu Delta Lambda Foundation.
Dalitso is a senior lecturer at Benedictine University. He teaches courses in Organization Development at the Masters level in Human Resources, Business Research Methods and International Organization Development.
In 2002, Dalitso was recognized by the Springfield Business Journal as one of the 40 under 40 business leaders in the Greater Springfield area. In 2003 he was recognized internationally by the Who’s Who Historical Society as a professional who has demonstrated exemplary achievement and distinguished contributions to the business community. In 2003 he also received the Silver Jubilee Award for Champions of Children and Families from the Illinois Head Start Association. In 2003, Dalitso was also recognized by the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce as the Not- for- Profit Business Person of the Year. In 2003, Dalitso was recognized as a Certified Community Action Professional by the Community Action Partnership and his peers in the Community Action Movement for excellence in Community Action vision, values and history. In 2006 he was recognized by his Alma Mater, Illinois College, for being a distinguished alumnus with the Alumnus Award for 2006. In 2007, Dalitso was recognized by the Associated Colleges of Illinois with the “Alumnus with Shining Example Award”. In 2007, Dalitso was also honored and recognized by the Illinois General Assembly for his leadership and commitment to fight against poverty in Illinois with House Resolution 544. In 2009 he was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award by the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies for his leadership in fighting for social justice. In 2010 he was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award from the Illinois Head Start Association for his leadership in fighting for social justice for children and families.
In 2012 Dalitso was elected to the Community Action Partnership Board, the national association representing all Community Action Agencies in the country. Dalitso serves as the second vice Chair of the national association where he is able to contribute on national policy development and strategy for the nation’s largest anti-poverty network.