Dana is a community development expert with more than 10 years of experience working at the intersection of affordable housing and climate change, engaging with governments, state housing finance agencies, public service commissions, and utilities to scale energy and water efficiency and decarbonization solutions.
Dana has over 10 years of experience working at the intersection of affordable housing and climate change. She leads a team supporting the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Initiative for the Multifamily Sector, proving direct technical assistance to more than 90 multifamily housing organizations to benchmark the energy consumption of their portfolios and plan energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction strategies.
Dana specializes in policy and regulatory strategies to improve energy and water efficiency and reduce GHG emissions in affordable housing. She has conducted research and analysis across a range of issues, including state housing finance agency strategies that improve the energy and water efficiency of Low-Income Housing Tax Credit projects. Dana also researched strategies to update utility allowances that support decarbonization in HUD-assisted properties.
Earlier in her career, Dana led the National Housing Trust’s energy efficiency policy work in the Southeast. This work included convening partners, intervening in utility regulatory proceedings, and working with state and local governments and utilities on issues related to multifamily energy efficiency, access to whole-building energy data for benchmarking, and energy affordability.
Dana’s professional experience with the federal government started early in her career when she worked for U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack (IA-02). She was also a senior housing policy specialist at the National Council of State Housing Agencies. Dana handled budget and appropriations and supported federal legislative and policy efforts related to the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, project-based rental assistance, and special needs and supportive housing.
Dana holds a bachelor’s degree in urban studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. She also earned a master’s in urban and regional planning from the University of Iowa.
M.S., Urban and Regional Planning, University of Iowa
B.A., Urban Studies, Rhodes College
"Report Update: State Strategies to Increase Energy and Water Efficiency in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Properties,” Energy Efficiency for All, 2021.
"State Strategies to Increase Energy and Water Efficiency in Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Properties,” Energy Efficiency for All, 2017
"Seizing the Moment: Incorporating Efficiency, Health, and Renewables Upgrades into Affordable Housing Financing Events,” American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, 2018.