Dana Wellhausen, Rogers Family Foundation

TITLE: Director of Grants and Evaluation

FOCUS AREAS: High-quality education in Oakland, California, early literacy, personalized learning, community institutions

CONTACT:  510-899-7918, dwellhausen@rogersfoundation.org

PROFILE: Dana Wellhausen has been the Rogers Family Foundation’s director of grants and evaluation since July 2013. She previously worked as a project manager and associate for the Stuart Foundation and a project manager and associate for the Child and Family Policy Institute of Califfornia.

Her foundation bio shares:

My favorite childhood book that I read over (and over and over and over) was: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg, because what kid does not want to escape to New York and live in a museum? 

My hope for Oakland students is: That every child and youth in Oakland is loved, knows that they hold the key to the future of our world, and nothing and nobody stands in the way of their greatness. 

Dana joined the Rogers Family Foundation in July 2013. As the Director of Grants and Evaluation, she is responsible for grants administration and grantee interactions, coordinates the implementation of the Foundation’s internal evaluation systems, and contributes to its strategic communications. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dana served as the Project Manager for the Education Equals Partnership, an initiative focused on improving educational outcomes for children and youth in California’s foster care system. Much of her career has been dedicated to supporting philanthropic-funded efforts to transform the California child welfare system. Dana received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Studio Art from Mills College. She lives in Oakland with her partner, their daughter Bo, two cats, and four chickens.