Dana joined PPS in September 2008 and currently manages PPS’ training programs. She plans and organizes PPS’ three biannual training programs, “How to Turn a Place Around,” “Streets as Places,” and “How to Create Successful Markets.” She has also worked on developing curriculum for client-commissioned training sessions.
Dana also assists on PPS projects, facilitating the public planning process through Placemaking workshops in cities as diverse as Houston, TX and Newark, NJ and assists in the preparation of presentations and reports.
Currently, Dana is researching the economic impacts of public space by analyzing information such as visitor statistics, management structures, and economic data to ascertain what qualities and characteristics help create a public space that can become an important economic asset to a city.
Previously, Dana worked as an intern at the Nashville Civic Design Center where she assisted on multiple projects and served as a liaison with the Vanderbilt Community Research and Action program for a PhotoVoice project with youth from the JC Napier Housing Project. She also researched gentrification and community relations in downtown Nashville.
Dana received her B.S. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University in December 2007 where she studied the psychology of individual development and its relationship to group and organizational development. She continued these studies at the community level by completing her M.Ed. in Community Development and Action in 2008 with a focus on urban studies, planning, and policy.
M.Ed., Community Development and Action, Vanderbilt University, 2008
B.S., Human and Organizational Development; Child Development, Vanderbilt University, 2007
Urban Planning Career Discovery, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Summer 2008