Dennis Stokes is of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and comes from Darwin. He belongs to the Wardaman, Luritja and Warramunga people of the Northern Territory and the Wagadagam people of the Torres Strait. He has worked for the Australia Council for the Arts as a Project Officer for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Arts Board (ATSIA). There, he worked to deliver a strategic development plan to help Indigenous Arts organisations get better outcomes.
Dennis worked as Content Division Manager at National Indigenous Television (NITV) and was then appointed to the role of National Indigenous Program Manager at the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). In his time at AFTRS, Dennis oversaw a large growth in Indigenous participation and workshops in arts media throughout Australia.
Dennis is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in Adelaide.