About Dana

2003 - 2012
Founder and President of WomensTrust, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization (with NGO status in Ghana), a community-based integrated microlending program based in Pokuase, a village within the outside northern perimeter of Accra, the country’s capital. The WomensTrust model is now being replicated by others.  Her responsibilities included managing the nonprofit as a sustainable business, public relations, and fundraising.  In that role she spoke in such venues as Dartmouth University, the Kennedy School, AWE (Anglican Women’s Empowerment in connection with UN Commission on the Status of Women), and the HighWaterWomen Symposium on Microlending.

1976 - present
Founder and President of Dakin Partners, LLC, a marketing consulting practice geared to institutional investment firms, both on the trading side as well as for leading money management organizations.  Her firm was the first creative agency to focus solely on packaging the entrepreneurial spinoffs  from traditional banks and insurance companies.  She helped set strategy and produced award-winning designs for what are now some of the world’s most successful investment entities.  She authored a summary of the essentials of investment marketing in “Five for the Road” and co-produced the eight-part PBS series “Beyond Wall Street:  The Art of Investing” with a companion book published by John Wiley.

1970 – 1976
Assistant Vice President of Callan Associates, recognized as a leading institutional investment consulting firm.  Began as an investment measurement analyst hand-calculating time-weighted returns and advanced to be the first woman officer, managing the entire internal production staff.  There at the beginning of comparative money management analysis for the U.S. pension industry.  Left to start her own business.

1967 – 1970
Planning Research Corporation.  Advanced from administrative secretary in the Los Angeles-based President’s office to researcher and project supervisor onsite at the NYSE.  Supervised the data collection from member firms in a study that set the parameters for May Day and the elimination of fixed commissions. 

1964 – 1966
Worked in San Francisco as a recent graduate, moving from large insurance companies to entrepreneurial real estate development firms where you could get a sense of how business deals could perform. 

1960 -1964
Earned a B.A. at Scripps College, a private women’s college in Claremont, California.  Was one of the first majors in international relations with a senior honors thesis on Pan-Africanism.
1956 – 1960
Second graduating class from Miramonte High School in Orinda, California, with experience holding women’s leadership positions.

Board Experience
Wilmot Community Center Redevelopment Association
Women’s Fund of New Hampshire
New Hampshire Writers’ Project
Scripps College Board of Trustees, Investment Committee
Mill Valley Skateboard Association, Director of Marketing
Alumnae Resources, San Francisco

Other Information

Purpose Prize Fellow, 2008
Office is in a converted volunteer firehouse, featured on HGTV
Son is a restaurant and nightclub designer in NYC


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