Dana is an authentic & fearless business development, community and external
relations leader. She believes in the combined power of resources, institutions and people to change the world. Her expertise lie in advancing organizations & initiatives by developing innovative, sustainable & strategically necessary business & philanthropic relationships that advance minority communities and inspire people to take action.
In her current role at the Obama Foundation, she engages external Corporate and Foundation partners to invest in President & Mrs. Obama’s legacy efforts including: My Brother's Keeper Alliance (MBKA), Global Girls Education, Civic Engagement and the Obama Presidential Center.
Prior to joining the Foundation, Dana managed business development at MBKA, where she mobilized over $25 million from top Fortune 500 companies & foundations to improve opportunity for boys & men of color. She was later apart of the key group who successfully led the business integration of MBKA into the Obama Foundation. In 2015, Dana helped launch SDG Watch Europe in Brussels, the European Union’s first cross-sector civil society alliance of human rights NGOs, that holds governments accountable to implementing the United Nations Global Goals/SDG's. Her career began working at her local church in Community Outreach & Organizing, where she helped to implement emergency-assistance, education, and housing programs in the Baltimore/D.C area & globally (Honduras, Kenya, India, Philippines)
She's worked in philanthropy/grant making & advised several social entrepreneurs in business development & impact metrics.
Dana holds a Masters of Macro Social Work concentrated in Social Innovation & Leadership and Global Practice from Boston College and a B.S. in Sociology from Bowie State University. She is certified in Nonprofit Management & Leadership from Boston University Questrom School of Business and Policy & Community Organizing from Boston College.