Dana M. D’Orazio MPAff

Program Manager of Postsecondary Education
National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education and Families

Dana D’Orazio has focused her career on making positive impacts in education and workforce both in the classroom as well as in the policy sector. D’Orazio is working on the national level to promote best practices and convene key government, education and workforce development leaders around equity, higher education and employment. She also is co-lead of the Women Veterans Rock Civic Leadership Institute at Chestnut Hill College and previously was an adjunct instructor at Drexel University where she taught civic engagement. Prior to this, she served as Director of National Strategy & Operations at a start-up nonprofit, The Graduate! Network, where she managed and built scaling infrastructure as well as a team to create 10+ national sites. D’Orazio also staffed and oversaw Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter’s Council for College and Career Success, a multi-sector collaborative and strategic partnership with the city and workforce investment board focused on K-12 and higher education issues, re-engagement and youth employment. As the Policy and Governance Associate at the Philadelphia Youth Network, she managed multi-sector partnerships in the city as well as interfaced with local and federal officials. She was a 2016 New Leaders Council Fellow and dedicates her time to national education and research advisory boards as well as serving as a mentor through the Sara Start Fund. She is also an AmeriCorps alum and sits on the Advisory Board of the Collaborating for Change project at the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities as well as the Policy and Research Advisory Board of the Network for Nonprofit and Social Impact. D’Orazio is also a Board member for the LBJ School Washington DC Alumni Board. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs, at the University of Texas at Austin.

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