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Ms. Dana Lanza

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Chief Executive Officer and Co-Fo...

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Confluence Philanthropy Inc
475 Riverside Drive, Suite 900
New York , New York 10115
United States

Company Description: Confluence is an international organization with the majority of our members based in the U.S., and with a handful in Europe, Canada, and Mexico. Our members...   more

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  • BA , Psychology and Environmental Studies
    Boston College
  • Masters degree , Social and Cultural Anthropology
    The California Institute of Integral Studies
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Staff Bios | Confluence Philanthropy, 1 Feb 2016 [cached]
Dana Lanza
CEO & Co-Founder
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Dana Lanza, CEO & Co-Founder
Dana launched Confluence Philanthropy in August of 2009 as a special project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, after serving as the executive director of the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA). While at EGA, Dana provided networking services to over 250 grantmaking organizations from across North America and Europe in 15 strategic funding areas. As director, Dana worked with the Rockefeller Family Fund, and led a then 20 year old EGA into an independent 501c3 organization.
From 2009-2011 Dana served as the Program Director and Board Advisor at The Swift Foundation while launching Confluence. Swift makes grants internationally in the environment, indigenous and rural communities, and climate change initiatives. Swift is also deeply committed to mission-related investing.
Prior to Philanthropy, Dana founded Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ), which brought free urban environmental education projects to more than 10,000 public school students, while employing hundreds of at risk youth as community advocates. She acted as a lead organizer in the closure of San Francisco's infamous Hunters Point Power Plant; envisioning and raising funds to supplant it with the region's first off-the-grid educational Eco Center. The Eco Center won the EPA's National Environmental Justice Award after its grand opening in 2010. A recipient of several environmental awards, she has presented at Bioneers, the American Public Health Association, Investors' Circle, and the European Foundation Center, among others. In 2005, she contributed to the Sierra Club Books anthology entitled Ecological Literacy: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World.
Firmly committed to empowering others and building leadership, she served as a mentor for The Compton Foundation's Fellowship Program, and co-founded Confluence Philanthropy's Next Gen Fellowship Program in Mission- Related Investing which prepares future philanthropic leaders to be responsible and effective fiduciaries and investors. She has been a fellow at the Donnella Meadows Leaders Fellowship Program in Systems Theory and the California Women's Foundation Policy Institute.
Beyond this, Dana has lived and worked among tribal people for much of her life. At 20 she went to live among the Samburu (Maasai). Twenty-four years later she undertook the Samburu's traditional rites, becoming one of the few westerners ever initiated and a daughter of the L'Lorokgushu clan. More briefly Dana lived and worked with the Cheyenne River Lakota in South Dakota, and Kosovan Roma refugees in Europe. Dana speaks Swahili, Maa, and Spanish conversationally. A nomad in spirit, Dana sometimes lives in Oakland, California and at other times in Bed Sty, Brooklyn, NY.
LEJ - About, 6 Feb 2008 [cached]
LEJ was founded by Dana Lanza, a former resident of Hunters Point, and Juan Barragan, a Bayview teen, as a fiscally sponsored project of the Southeast Alliance for Environmental Justice (SAEJ).
Dana Lanza, Founding DirectorDuring her tenure as the Executive Director at LEJ Dana has received two prestigious distinctions for her work.In 2005 she was nominated by the California Endowment for the National Health Leadership Award with the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.She was recognized as one of the top 30 finalists out of over 700 national nominees.You go girl!Earlier in the year Dana was selected as a Fellow in the California Women's' Foundation Policy Institute where she is building a statewide coalition in support of the Superfund Schools Project.
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