Dana Wellhausen

Senior Director of Strategic Operations

DW Kid PictureMy favorite childhood book that I read over (and over and over and over) was: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg, because what kid does not want to escape to New York and live in a museum?

My hope for Oakland students is: Every child and youth is surrounded by adults and peers that love them and support them to achieve all that they are capable of. The world needs your voice, knowledge, creativity, and leadership now more than ever. For LGBTQIA students, know that you are perfect just the way you are. Period.

Dana joined the Rogers Family Foundation in July 2013. As the Senior Director of Strategic Operations, she plays a central role in the execution of the Rogers Family Foundation’s 2020 Oakland Education Strategy by overseeing and managing the operational functions of grants management, the Foundation’s program team, grant level and strategy evaluation, and communications. In addition, Dana works with external partners to increase transparency, access, and usability of public school data while simultaneously building data knowledge and capacity among schools and collaborative working groups.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Dana served as the Project Manager for the Education Equals Partnership, an initiative focused on improving educational outcomes for children and youth in California’s foster care system. Much of her career has been dedicated to supporting philanthropic-funded efforts to transform the California child welfare system. Dana received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Mills College. She lives in Oakland with her partner, their daughter, two cats, and three chickens.

Email: dwellhausen@rogersfoundation.org

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