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Dana D’Orazio

Program Director for Leadership Development and Continuing Education

National League of Cities


Dana M. D’Orazio, MPAff- Dana D’Orazio has focused her career on building cross-sector, strategic local and national programs and making positive impacts in education and workforce.   Dana currently serves as the Program Director for Leadership Development and Continuing Education at National League of Cities where she is leading the content and learning strategy for NLC’s membership. Prior to this she served as the Program Manager of Postsecondary Education and Workforce at the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families, working on the national and local levels to promote and scale best practices and convene key leaders around equity, higher education and workforce. Here work included building a vital partnership with LinkedIn around their Economic Graph initiative. Dana served as Director of National Strategy & Operations at a start-up nonprofit, The Graduate! Network, where she oversaw organization strategy to scale 10+ national sites. Dana staffed former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s Council for College & Career Success, a multi-sector collaborative, as the Policy & Governance Associate at Philadelphia Youth Network. She co-led the Women Veterans Rock Civic Leadership Institute at Chestnut Hill College and previously taught at Drexel University where she helped build curriculum and pilot civic engagement 101.  She was a 2016 New Leaders Council Fellow and sits on the Collaborating for Change, APLU advisory board and the LBJ DC Alumni Board. Dana is an AmeriCorps alum. She earned a BA from Villanova University and a MPAff from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas, Austin.  She also hodls a certificate in Design Thinking from Portland State University.

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