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    Senior Advisor Strategic Initiatives
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  Joining IHMC in March 2007, Dr. Dana serves as Senior Advisor for Strategic Initiatives where she is engaged in furthering the expansion, recognition, and multi-faceted relationships of the Institute. Dana manages the Institute’s strategic relationships with affiliated organizations, state and federal government and selected private sector partners. Dana’s experience in creating successful partnerships among the public sector, industry and the academic community benefits IHMC as it expands its research partnerships and commercializes more of its research products. Dr. Dana has been instrumental in solidifying the IHMC expansion into Ocala, including locating suitable facilities, seeking resources for expansion and building community partnerships.

From 1995-1999, Dana served as Assistant (& Deputy) Secretary at the California Trade and Commerce Agency where she oversaw the Division of Economic Development (to include major corp. projects, military base retention & reuse, commercial space, & strategic technology), and provided Agency leadership on the California Electronic Commerce Advisory Council and the NASA/Film Commission digital imaging system.

Dana holds a Ph.D. in International Development and Economics from USC and Masters in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard. She sits on the corporate boards of CommerceBank, N.A. and its Holding Company; LaBock Technologies Inc. business advisory group; Scripps Florida Funding Corporation; and Florida Seaport Security Standards Advisory Council. She maintains a list of honors to include: Henry Luce Scholar, Fulbright Scholar, Secretary of Defense Joint Civilian Orientation Conferee; Air Force Secretary’s Air War College (2007); 1st Recipient of the Florida Defense Alliance Distinguished Service Award (2006), Outstanding Young Woman of America, California Governor’s Executive Fellow, Harvard Scholar, and USC Dean’s Merit Scholar, to name a few.