Programme Officer
Learning Differences



Dana Brinson joined Oak Foundation in 2013 as a Programme Officer for the Learning Differences Programme. In this role, she manages a USD 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.


Prior to joining Oak Foundation, Dana worked for more than five years with Public Impact, an education research and consulting firm based in Chapel Hill. As a Senior Consultant, she primarily focused on educational philanthropy; vulnerable, underserved and special student populations; school turnarounds; and charter schools. Prior to consulting, she served as a social worker managing the cases of hard-to-place foster children and as a special educator at a public school serving Boston-area teens with behavioural and emotional challenges and/or learning differences.


Dana serves on the board of Boomerang, a youth service and alternative-to-suspension program in Chapel Hill, the advisory board of the Special Education Leader Fellowship (SELF) in New Orleans, Louisiana, and the founding partner team of Understood.org.


Dana has a Master of Arts in European and Women’s History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States.



Location: Chapel Hill, United States





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Oak Foundation commits its resources to address issues of global, social and environmental concern, particularly those that have a major impact on the lives of the disadvantaged. With offices in Europe, Africa, India and North America, we make grants to organisations in approximately 40 countries worldwide.

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