Tene Ayanna Dolphin (born c. 1972 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is the deputy director for business diversity and opportunity for the City of Birmingham, an official in Mayor Randall Woodfin's administration.
Dolphin completed a BS in psychology at Howard University in 1994. After graduating she taught at Carrollton Elementary School in Prince George's County, Maryland, and operated her own event planning business. After leaving her teaching post she worked for a small consulting firm where she was promoted to office manager.
She went to work for the Democratic National Committee in 2004 and on Adrian Fenty's campaign for Mayor of Washington D.C. in 2006. She was hired as Fenty's chief of staff and served in several positions in the D.C. government before moving to the U.S. Department of Commerce in 2009. From 2011 to 2017 she served as chief of staff for the U.S. Economic Development Administration in President Obama's administration. In 2017 she returned to D.C. government before accepting her present position in August 2018.
- Steward, Ameera (November 7, 2018) "Tene Dolphin: City official with a feel for U.S. History." The Birmingham Times