Dana Schmidt is a Senior Program Officer at Tideline and works as dedicated staff for a founding client, Echidna Giving, where she oversees the strategy for increasing girls’ education in developing countries.

Before joining Tideline and Echidna in April 2016, Dana was a program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where she helped to develop the Hewlett Foundation’s work to improve the quality of education that children receive in the developing world. While at Hewlett she oversaw grantmaking related to education in India and East Africa. In addition, she led the Foundation’s international grantmaking for Open Educational Resources (OER).

Earlier in her career, Dana spent time teaching secondary school students in both Kenya and Zambia.

Dana 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.