Dana is Program Manager for the Chicago College and Career Advising Credential (CCCAC) at the Chicago Jobs Council. CCCAC is a training on youth-centered coaching practices for exploring progressive postsecondary pathways (i.e. apprenticeships, college, job training, military, and gap/service year) that is intended for youth guides (e.g. youth coaches, job developers, faith leaders, parents, librarians, counselors, after school teachers, etc.). Dana’s program responsibilities include developing curriculum, conducting outreach, and delivering trainings. This work builds on Dana’s 15+ years in adult education, during which time she has served as an English language program coordinator, teacher trainer, curriculum developer, and instructor at institutions of higher education in the U.S., including College of DuPage, Benedictine University, and Northeastern Illinois University, as well as schools in Mexico—where she lived for four years. She has also served as a consulting teacher trainer and curriculum writer for labor unions, such as SEIU Local 1 and LIUNA. Before working with adults, Dana taught youth in an After School Matters class on audio documentaries. Dana is committed to helping individuals and communities grow through education that is rooted in reflective practice, learner-centered pedagogy, and a social justice mission.
Dana’s first job after high school was working in the men’s department at Macy’s.