Program Officer Oak Foundation’s Learning Differences Program

Dana Brinson is a Program Officer in Oak Foundation’s Learning Differences Program. She manages a $20 million portfolio of grants supporting teacher coaching, youth leadership development, mentoring, parent support, and research and innovation with the goal of promoting the academic, social and emotional success of students with learning differences such as dyslexia. She came to Oak after more than five years with Public Impact, an education research and consulting firm based in Chapel Hill, NC. As a Senior Consultant at Public Impact, she primarily focused on educational philanthropy; vulnerable, underserved and special student populations; school turnarounds; and charter schools. Prior to consulting, she served as a treatment foster care social worker managing the cases of children with medical and emotional needs that impacted placement, as a special educator at a public therapeutic school serving Boston-area teens, and as a benchmarking consultant at a firm serving Fortune 500 clients. Dana serves on the board of Boomerang, a youth service and alternative-to-suspension program in Chapel HIll.  She also serves on the advisory board of the Special Education Leader Fellowship (SELF) in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Dana holds a master’s degree in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree in child psychology and history from West Virginia University.