As Community Program Director, Dana has been a vital asset to the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks for the past nine years. Dana has served the Los Angeles community for nearly twenty years in several capacities such as accredited work for low-income, underprivileged urban communities who lack resources. Dana is a liaison between the community, Mayoral Staff and the Mayor of Los Angeles. She has worked with several reputable urban development and enhancement programs such as the water conservation youth development training Smart Irrigation Program, The Community Services Block Grant (An initiative developed by President Obama to employ low income families), the Wonderful Outdoor World (Outdoor Urban Camp Program), Chivas USA Youth Fitness Soccer Program) and many others. Dana also helped to facilitate a Community Build Day, addressing community fitness and social camaraderie. Dana has worked with public and private non-profit organizations to develop partnerships to enhance urban communities.
Dana's educational background consists of an Undergraduate Degree in Social Work, and a Masters Degree in Public Administration.
Dana started her successful career path at the Mid Valley Family YMCA from 1999-2002 as the Senior Program Director. Dana was a member of the management staff and was responsible for the overall management and success of the branch. Dana's experience with the YMCA helped Dana prepare for her current position through the Department of Water and Power (DWP), as Director of the Smart Irrigation Youth Program since 2007.
As Community Program Director of the Smart Irrigation Program for the Department of Water and Power (DWP), Dana is responsible for the disbursement of written quarterly reports pertaining to expenditures and progress at each park, accounting of all funds expended, etc. The program utilizes urban youth to retrofit their local parks with the next generation of smart irrigation systems using computer models to reduce potable water use in irrigation. This program has reduced our potable water use in our parks by over 35% over the past three years while training dozens of unemployed and out of school urban youth in both technical and job skills training.
Currently Dana is partnering with private/public agencies to sponsor a community beautification project called the 50 Parks Initiative. The Department has undertaken an initiative to acquire and develop at least fifty sites into new public parks. Within this project, Dana is doing community outreach studies to best meet the Park needs of the residents.