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Dana Schmidt

Program Officer, Global Development & Population, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


Dana Schmidt is a program officer in the Global Development and Population Program and the Education Program. She helped to develop the Foundation’s work to improve the quality of education that children receive in the developing world when she first joined the Foundation in 2006 as a recipient of the Tom Ford Fellowship in Philanthropy. She currently leads the Foundation’s work in this area in India and East Africa. In addition, she leads the Foundation's international grantmaking for Open Educational Resources (OER).

Prior to joining the Foundation, Dana spent time teaching secondary school students in both Kenya and Zambia. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University with an undergraduate degree in Economics and African Studies and earned her master's degree in International Educational Administration and Policy Analysis from the Stanford University School of Education. Her master’s thesis explores the impact of the elimination of primary school fees on enrollment in Kenya. Dana speaks Swahili and French and enjoys taking photos of her work, which you can find on flickr.