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Meet Our 2016 Fellows - Dana M. D’Orazio

We have an amazing group of Fellows joining the NLC family this year, and we’re excited to learn more about the issues closest to them and why they love calling Philly “home."


Dana M. D’Orazio, MPAff, Program Manager, Postsecondary Education, National League of Cities


Dana D'Orazio for Blog


What are you most looking forward to when it comes to the NLC Institute? 

Dana: The NLC Institute is an opportunity to further explore and build upon my passion for making a positive impact as a leader as well as a policy nerd looking to effect change in education. I am looking forward to expanding my learning as well as connecting with like-minded, passionate GSDers (Get Stuff Done)!


What are the issues closest to your heart?

Dana: “To whom much is given much is expected.” This has been a driving mantra for my work, my studies and career path. For me it has always been about ensuring individuals have the opportunity to live their fullest life. I have therefore dedicated my time and energy to focusing on the education space. I have served in the AmeriCorps, teaching children of war in Atlanta, Georgia; studied along emerging education leaders at the LBJ School of Public Affairs; built after school programs; convened city, community and business leaders through former Mayor Michael Nutter’s Council for College and Career Success; worked on the national level to build a startup, scale and promote efforts to ensure a college degree is within reach as well as a is a pathway to a sustainable career; and currently serve as an adjunct faculty member at Drexel University and Program Manager for Postsecondary Education at the National League of Cities. From the classroom to the national policy arena I am an avid advocate, a stealth strategizer, impassioned educator and continual connector for the work at hand to allow education to be an opportunity for all.


Describe your ideal “Philly day.”

Dana: A perfect Philly day would be a morning spent on Race Street Pier taking the AM yoga class followed by a great cup of coffee at Menagerie in Old City, maybe brunch at Race Street Cafe. Grabbing an indego bike or jogging up to Boathouse Row and checking out either the Barnes or the Art Museum and maybe picnicking on the Schuylkill Banks. A quick nap in Washington Square Park and then a night out with friends hopefully at one of the awesome outdoor community spaces Philly has become known for. I would end the day by grabbing a quick bite at one of the awesome restaurants in the city (too many favorites to name). That would be a pretty amazing day in Philly!


What do you love most about Philly?

Dana: I’ve called Philadelphia home for most of my life and what I love most about it is simply the community and the people.


Learn more about Dana’s work in education, and meet the rest of our 2016 Fellows here.

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