Dalvanie K. Powell, a native of the Bronx, is the first African American woman to serve as President of the United Probation Officers Association. In 1990 she was elected as a delegate by her fellow members and has since held every position in the union except treasurer. She was appointed president in 2016 and then, in April 2019, ran unopposed and was elected to a four-year term. The UPOA represents over 800 Supervising Probation Officers and Probation Officers as well as over 400 retirees.
A graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 1987, Dalvanie initially sought to become an attorney. Yet, after what was to be a five-year “pit stop” with the New York City Department of Probation, she realized she was destined to advocate for others and have a greater impact on the lives of New Yorkers, giving them a second chance, as a Probation Officer.