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
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.
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.
acted as a lead organizer in the closure of San Franciscoâ€™s infamous Hunters Point Power Plant; envisioning and raising funds to supplant it with the regionâ€™s first off-the-grid educational Eco Center.
The Eco Center
won the EPAâ€™s National Environmental Justice Award after its grand opening in 2010.
She has taught in the Master's in Teaching Program in Critical Global Literacy at New College of California, and has been a fellow at the Donnella Meadows Leaders Fellowship Program in Systems Theory and the California Womenâ€™s Foundation Policy Institute.
A recipient of several environmental awards, she
has presented at Bioneers, the American Public Health Association, Investorsâ€™ Circle, and the European Foundation Center
, among others.
In 2005, she
contributed to the anthology titled Ecological Literacy
: Educating Our Children for a Sustainable World.
Prior to these achievements, Dana
has lived and worked among the Samburu people in northern Kenya for over 23 years, and more briefly with the Cheyenne River Lakota in South Dakota, and Kosovan Roma refugees in Europe.
sometimes lives in Oakland, California and at other times in Brooklyn, NY.